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Pakistan rejects Indian demand of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav


ISLAMABAD, APR 26, (DNA) – Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday has rejected Indian High Commission’s plea seeking consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by Pakistani military court for spying.

Sources told that Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale filed the plea which was instantly dismissed by Tehmina Janjua, saying that Jadhav was caught red-handed during espionage for RAW and that he had also confessed to the charges.

Pakistan has denied India’s request for consular access to Jadhav over a dozen times as on April 14, Bambawale had met with the Janjua, showing concern about the fate of Jadhav.

On April 11, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed death sentence of Jadhav who was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

He was tried under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section III of official Secret Act of 1923.

FGCM found Kulbushan SudhirYadhav guilty of all the charges. He confessed before a Magistrate and the Court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of Law Enforcement Agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi.

Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3, 2016 through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan.

In March last year, authorities released a video in which the Indian spy confessed to New Delhi’s alleged involvement in terrorist activities in Balochistan. He revealed that he had been directing various activities in Karachi and Balochistan “at the behest of RAW”, the Indian intelligence agency, and that he was still with the Indian Navy.

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