Pakistani spies in Indian jails get better treatment, say officials

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

Reiterating External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's assertion, Baglay said lack of evidence and denial of consular access shows that charges levelled against Jadhav are baseless.

"We have been constantly asking for proof (against Jadhav) and under which provisions has he been tried that Pakistan felt to give that (death penalty)".

Jadhav was charged with espionage and waging war against Pakistan.

Asked whether the sentence could be linked to the disappearance of a retired Pakistani military officer - Lt Col Habib Zahir - in Lumbini, Nepal, Baglay said he had "no information" about the case.

Refusing to divulge details of the steps being taken by the Centre to secure Jadhav's release, Bhamre said, "We are bringing global diplomatic pressure (on Pakistan) as much as possible". It also claimed that he was "a serving officer in the Indian Navy".

Baglay said that not giving consular access to Jadhav "itself exposes the hollowness of the charges".

Reacting strongly to Jadhav's sentencing, India has said that if the ruling was carried out, "the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder".

"The EAM also informed the Parliament that Government of Pakistan had approached us this year to access the investigation and this further underlines the insufficiency of evidence", he added.

"If this verdict is implemented, we will consider it as murder of an Indian national".

When the Indian journalist drew Dujarric's attention to heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after Islamabad announced Jadhav had been sentenced to death for his role in fomenting terrorism in the country, the United Nations spokesperson reiterated the call for dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.

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