INDIA’S PRIME MINISTER IS A TERRORIST, RSS A TERROR OUTFIT: PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER

The growing international pressure, it seems, has taken over Pakistan’s ruling corridors and it utter frustration, they are now resorting even to using derogatory words for India and its ruling dispensation that has successfully worked to isolate Pakistan on its terror track record.

We just saw a frustrated Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif calling Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi terrorist during a television interview.

While answering a question about India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj calling Pakistan a terror exporter nation at the United Nations General Assembly recently, Asif said it was in fact India that was ruled by a terrorist prime minister and a terrorist party.

On Geo News’ Capital Talk, Asif said the Indian prime minister had blood of Gujarati Muslims on his hands. He further went on to say that India was being ruled by a terrorist party, the RSS, and the BJP was its companion.

Link to the video clip on Geo News’ website: 

https://www.geo.tv/latest/160846-conflict-among-institutes-would-harm-country-khawaja-asif

Sushma’s address to the UNGA on September 23 in New York mentioned Pakistan multiple times linking it with terror and said that “Pakistan seemed only engaged in fighting India.” Sushma speech showed mirror to Pakistan for its double-dealings and treachery and held it responsible for the aborting the peace process between the two countries.

Clearly making a distinction between the two countries and showing Pakistan its real place, Sushma said Pakistan had become a hopeless case and it had nothing to offer to the world and indeed to its own people apart from terrorism.

The fact indeed is, Pakistan is a safe haven for terrorists and uses terror as state policy tool. It exports terrorism not only to its neighbouring countries like India and Afghanistan but is also increasingly becoming isolated as a terror haven for groups like Al Qaeda, ISIS and Taliban who perpetrate terror globally.

US President Donald Trump has declared Pakistan a terror haven and has indicated that the US soon could end Pakistan’s US ally status. The BRICS that has China as a founding member also talked tough on terror clearly warning terror havens like Pakistan to crackdown on terrorists in its declaration issued last month.

It has created a sense of panic in Pakistan’s ruling circles, be it its civilian government or its military. Though they deny it, their contradicting responses confirm it.

A day after the BRICS Declaration, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir rejected it saying Pakistan had no terror safe havens, only to be contradicted by Khawaja Asif the next day who accepted presence of terror groups in Pakistan including India centric terror groups LeT and JeM and went on to say that his country must rein-in terror groups to avoid international embarrassment.

While Asif was trying to be straightforward, his country’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa chose to warn the US, “if Pakistan had not done enough in the war against terror, then no country in the world had done anything.” Pakistan’s parliament has also taken on its foreign minister and prime minister for letting the country down after Asif repeated the same arguments on the sidelines of the UNGA and the Pakistani PM endorsed it.

PS: We should also not forget that it was Khawaja Asif only who used to nuke India every other before surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir in last September and its first anniversary just passed on September 29.

Before September 2016’s surgical strike, the favourite line of Khawaja Asif happened to be that Pakistan will eliminate India with its tactical nuclear weapons if it tried to impose war on Pakistan.

The same Khawaja Asif, after the surgical strike on the intervening night of September 28-29, was stuttering while accepting that there was an aggression by India and ‘if India tries it again, Pakistan will give befitting reply’ (and not that ‘Pakistan will nuke and eliminate India), before toeing the line of Pakistan’s army. He had gone on to say even this that ‘India and Pakistan cannot take risk of a nuclear holocaust’.

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FROM KARGIL TO 2010 KASHMIR UNREST TO PRESENT: INDIA’S PAKISTAN NARRATIVE GETS SOME MUCH NEEDED CHANGE

It has been a much needed change in India’s diplomatic manoeuvres. The world’s largest democracy has finally broken the shackles of misplaced notions to emerge as a powerful voice in geopolitics.

And this change, if has surprised an arrogant and power blind China for its resilience, has completely decimated Pakistani propaganda in international circles, especially at multilateral platforms like the United Nations or the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).

Pakistan has, for its own peril, made an anti-India stand its lifeline and has been trying to destabilize India ever since it came into existence in 1947 and what has been ironical that its propaganda even succeeded in outperforming India when it came to diplomacy and PR.

India was never outspoken in promoting its viewpoint and always lacked a sense of communication finesse to counter the Pakistani propaganda. If we go through the speeches delivered by India at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on occasions like the Kargil War or 2010 Kashmir unrest or the situation in Kashmir now, we can see this change.

To continue..

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PAKISTAN AND TERROR: WHAT MODI GOVERNMENT’S UNGA SPEECHES TELL US SO FAR

The article originally appeared on India Today.

The four speeches that the Narendra Modi government has delivered from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) clearly tell where it began on Pakistan and where it stands now.

The first one, in September 2014, was addressed to the UNGA by Narendra Modi while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj delivered the other three, including the latest one on September 23, 2017.

And when we go through them for the Pakistan specific portions, we can clearly see a trend – that how India first gave its rogue neighbour a chance to mend its ways and stop sponsoring terror into India – and then how it was compelled to take a tough, non-compromising position after seeing that Pakistan was beyond redemption.

After his government’s inaugural in May 2014 where Narendra Modi had invited Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif along with other SAARC leaders, he did try and gave Pakistan several chances until January 2016 when terrorists who had come Pakistan attacked Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab.

Though India had cancelled secretary level talks in August 2014 over Pakistan’s stubborn attitude to include Kashmiri separatists in bilateral talks, India really never closed the doors until Pathankot happened.

Modi and Sharif met in November 2014 in Kathmandu during the SAARC Summit, then on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Ufa in July 2015, in Paris in November 2015 on the sidelines of the Climate Change Conference and in December 2015 when, in an unprecedented friendly gesture, Narendra Modi took a detour while en route to Delhi from Kabul and landed in Lahore to meet and greet Nawaz Sharif on his birthday on December 25.

And the language of Modi’s UNGA speech on September 27, 2014 reflects that. The speech that mentioned Pakistan four times and terror 18 times said that “Modi was prepared to engage in a serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism, to promote friendship and cooperation” adding that, “however, Pakistan must also take its responsibility seriously to create an appropriate atmosphere for bilateral dialogue.”

India’s 2015 speech at the UNGA though put Pakistan directly in the dock for sheltering terrorists and spoke forcefully of Pakistan’s illegal occupation of Kashmir, it didn’t mention Pakistan more than three times in hopes that sense could still prevail in the mindset of the Pakistani ruling elite. Addressed by Sushma Swaraj on October 1, 2015, the speech said that “India remained open to dialogue but talks and terror could not go together.”

She added in speech where she mentioned terror 19 times, “Let us hold talks at the level of NSAs on all issues connected to terrorism and an early meeting of our Directors General of Military Operations to address the situation on the border. If the response is serious and credible, India is prepared to address all outstanding issues through a bilateral dialogue.”

But Pakistan had other evil intentions. So, in spite of Narendra Modi’s courageous step to heal India Pakistan ties, it backstabbed India just after a week, when terrorists, suspected to be from the United Jihad Council and Jaish-e-Mohammed, Pakistan based terror groups, attacked Pathankot Air Force base on January 2, 2016.

It has been a downward curve in India Pakistan ties since then with relations coming to a freeze. Pakistan’s nefarious designs did the same with the Pathankot attack probe like it has done with 2008 Mumbai terror attacks probe – absolutely nothing. Instead, it instigated a new wave of unrest in Kashmir by declaring the terrorist Burhan Wani a martyr and financially and military supporting separatists and terrorists.

The 2016 UNGA speech by Sushma Swaraj on September 26, 2016 that mentioned Pakistan six times bore the signs of frustration and the subsequent realization. The speech summed up India’s efforts to reach out to Pakistan, like Modi’s gestures, and how Pakistan backstabbed – “And what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali, and Uri.”

The speech that also mentioned terror 18 times then warned Pakistan in no unclear terms, “My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

And 2017 only builds on that realization. Sushma’s address to the UNGA on September 23 in New York mentioned Pakistan 16 times and terror 20 times and said that “Pakistan seemed only engaged in fighting India.” Sushma speech that spent 655 words on explaining Pakistan’s double-dealings and treachery held Pakistan responsible for the aborting the peace process between the two countries.

Clearly making a distinction between the two countries and showing Pakistan its real place Sushma said Pakistan had become a hopeless case and it had nothing to offer to the world and indeed to its own people apart from terrorism.

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PAKISTAN PLAYED WELL YESTERDAY BUT THE WAY ITS ARMY IS REACTING ON INDIA’S CT LOSS IS LAUGHABLE

The article originally appeared on India Today.

Here it is bit modified.

Pakistan was certainly a better team yesterday when it defeated India in the Champions Trophy finals lifting the cup but the way Pakistan army is trying to cash this victory to further its anti-India propaganda is only laughable.

It seems the whole military establishment of Pakistan got a desperate lease of life to look down upon India after continuous humiliation from India, be it the Surgical Strikes last year or India demolishing Pak army bunkers this year or India’s continued domination on the border with Pakistan.

Tweets by Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, DG, Inter-Service Public Relations and Pak army spokesperson, after Pakistan’s win sounded like Pakistan had won some war against India with its Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, it naval chief and its soldiers cheering up Pakistan’s win.

To beef up his propaganda rhetoric, Maj Ghafoor added a video of celebrations in Srinagar on Pakistan’s win and didn’t forget to add happy images from Baluchistan saying “to whom it may concern”. Lay off!”

He used Pakistan’s cricketing win over India to repeat the worn out line “united we shall defend Pak against all threats our enemies hatch” with images of “valiant soldiers of Pakistan congratulating Team Pak and Nation”.

We can understand the low confidence level of the Pak army. To save its face, it had to issue official denial of the very existence of the Surgical Strikes and it would certainly have hurt the ego of its military commanders. When India released a video of its operations destroying Pak bunkers in retaliation to the cowardly act of beheading of Indian soldiers and pushing infiltrators in India, Pak army could find nothing to counter India but a fake video. Likewise, we cannot say anything about these images of Baluchistan and Srinagar shared here. They may well be products of Pak army’s propaganda factory. And to cap Pak army’s misery, the reports of its atrocity in Baluchistan are now being heard the world over after India has started highlighting the issue.

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HARISH SALVE CHARGED RE 1 TO FIGHT KULBHUSHAN JADHAV CASE AT ICJ

The article originally appeared on India Today.

The Indian government today described criticism over the appointment of senior lawyer Harish Salve to represent India at the International Court of Justice to fight its case against Pakistan in the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue as unfair. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said Salve charged only a nominal amount of Re 1 as his fee.

Her response came after a user on Twitter slammed the government saying that India could have find an equally good lawyer at a cheaper cost.

Sushma Swaraj ✔ @SushmaSwaraj
Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs.1/- as his fee for this case. https://twitter.com/goyalsanjeev/status/864160971350134784
11:10 PM – 15 May 2017

WHO IS SALVE?

Harish Salve, who is son of NKP Salve, a late Congress politician, is among the most expensive lawyers in India and according to media reports, charges up to Rs 30 lakh for a one-day appearance in the Supreme Court of India.

Salve, a former solicitor general of India, who has made his base in London, is a chartered accountant and a commerce and law graduate. He started his career as a chartered accountant but later on moved to the legal profession with his initial professional experience under Nani Palkhivala and Soli Sorabjee, two great legal minds of India.

Salve became a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court in 1992 and the solicitor general of India in 1999.

Some of his most high profile clients include Salman Khan, Mukesh Ambani, Lalit Modi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Amarinder Singh, Parkash Singh Badal, Keshub Mahindra, Vodafone India and even the Delhi Police after its midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev in Delhi in June 2011.

KULBHUSHAN JADHAV DEATH SENTENCE

On April 10, the Pakistan Army chief confirmed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, which was handed down by a Pakistani military court that held Jadhav guilty of espionage. Pakistan claims Jadhav, who allegedly used the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel in Pakistan, was attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Pakistan arrested Jadhav in March 2016.

The Indian government has maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav is a former Indian Naval officer turned businessman who was on a routine business trip to Iran when he was abducted by Pakistani intelligence. Reports say he was captured by the Taliban and later sold to the Pakistan Army.

India has also said that Jadhav is innocent and there is no evidence against him and that Pakistsan carried out a sham, secret trial in a military court where no information on charges and evidence was given. India has warned Pakistan of ‘dire consequences’ equalling Jadhav’s death sentence with pre-meditated murder and has time and again asked for the consular access to him.

On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. On May 9, the highest court in the UN gave Jadhav a lease of life.

India, in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy. India has denied that he has any connection with the government.

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PAKISTAN SAYS SHARIF-JINDAL MEETING LAST MONTH WAS PART OF BACK-CHANNEL DIPLOMACY

The article originally appeared on India Today. 

According to media reports in Pakistan quoting a BBC Urdu report, its civilian government has briefed the Pak army about recent meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Indian businessman Sajjan Jindal terming it a part of ‘back channel diplomacy’.

According to a Geo News report quoting the BBC Urdu report, Nawaz Sharif had recently met Pak army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa to take him into confidence over the meet. The report also claims that Jindal’s visit and his meeting with Nawaz Sharif was initiated by India to reduced tension between two countries. After Sharif met Bajwa with his explanation, the Pak army chief took other Pak army commanders into confidence over the high profile visit.

On April 27, Sajjan Jindal, who is brother of steel tycoon Naveen Jindal and managing director of the JSW Steel, had met with Nawaz Sharif at his Murree’s residence in what was then described as a secret meeting. The meeting had created a ripple in Pakistan’s politics with Nawaz Sharif’s political opposition raising fingers over the visit at a time when relations between two nations were low historically. The meeting was also widely reported in India, as it came in the aftermath of Pakistan’s sham trial giving death sentence to an innocent Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The Pakistan foreign office had then adopted silence over it while Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif had tweeted to say that his father and Mr. Jindal were old friends and the meeting should not be blown out of proportion.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif‏Verified account
@MaryamNSharif
Mr. Jindal is an old friend of the Prime Minister. Nothing ‘secret’ about the meeting & should not be blown out of proportion. Thank you.
7:38 PM – 27 Apr 2017

According to The News International, “Nawaz Sharif was tight-lipped on the meeting. However, the only detail of the meeting he shared with his aides was that Jindal was making efforts to defuse tension between India and Pakistan.”

Sajjan Jindal is a common friend of Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif and is thought to act as an interlocutor between the two.

And if we talk of back-channel diplomacy between India and Pakistan, as recently as yesterday, Nawaz Sharif’s advisor Sartaj Aziz said a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi was possible when they would be in Kazakhstan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit on June 23-14, even if he added that “Pakistan could consider the meeting, if interest was shown from the other side (India)”, as a report in The Nation said.

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PAKISTAN ARMY REITERATES HIS STAND OF NO COMPROMISE ON KULBHUSHAN JADHAV

Pakistan’s Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa today held a conference of top army commanders at Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi (GHQ).

According to the Facebook page of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan Army’s media wing, Gen Bajwa and other commanders were briefed on Kulbhushan Jadhav issue and ‘it was concluded that that no compromise shall be made on such anti state acts’. Pakistan Army’s 201st Corps Commanders’ Conference was held to ‘review national security environment and recent developments in the region’.

It was Gen Bajwa only who had sentenced Jadhav to death. A military court in Pakistan had found Jadhav guilty of espionage and sabotage activities and of waging war against Pakistan by fomenting unrest in Balochistan and Karachi and had sentenced him to death which was confirmed by Gen Bajwa.

The first reaction by the Pakistan’s civilian government came hours letter after it was made public by the ISPR. Though Pakistan’s civilian government, including its prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has toed the military line, a Samaa TV report makes it clear that Pakistan Army acted unilaterally on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

“A meeting took place between the Prime Minister and the Chief Of Army Staff during which the latter took the former into confidence regarding the issue of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav”, the Samaa TV report said yesterday.

India alleges that Jadhav is innocent and there is no evidence against him and that’s why a sham trial was held in secrecy in a military court where no information on charges and evidence was given. India has warned Pakistan of ‘dire consequences’ equalling Jadhav’s death sentence with pre-meditated murder and has again asked for the consular access to him, 14th time since his arrest on March 3, 2016.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is a formal naval officer turned businessman who was on a routine business trip to Iran when he was abducted by the Pakistani intelligence. Reports also say that he was captured by the Taliban and later sold to the Pakistan Army. Pakistani claims Jadhav, who allegedly used the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel in Pakistan, was attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

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SECTION 59 OF PAKISTAN ARMY ACT UNDER WHICH KULBHUSHAN JADHAV HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH

The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is modified and extended.

Section 59 of the Pakistan Army Act sounds like a death knell for anyone whosoever is tried under it. Defined as the Section for Civil Offences, it categorically lays out conditions for it to become an overarching legal intrusion into the fundamental rights of humanity.

And when read in conjunction with other supporting sections and sub-sections of the Pakistan Army Act, we find a lethal tool that Pakistan’s Army so indiscriminately uses to suppress voices of human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, its own members who go against senior officials or against Indians, as has happened with Kulbhushan Jadhav. Kulbhushan Jadhav is a formal naval officer turned businessman who was on a routine business trip to Iran when he was abducted by the Pakistani intelligence. A Pakistani statement claimed Jadhav, who allegedly used the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, was attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

According to an ISPR press release, a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) found Kulbhushan guilty of espionage and sabotage activities and of waging war against Pakistan by fomenting unrest in Balochistan and Karachi. He was tried under Section 59 of the Pakistan Army Act 1952 and Section 3 of the official Secrets Act 1923 and was found guilty of all charges in a secret trial in a military court where no information on charges and evidence was shared.

According to Pakistan Army Act 1952, the Section 59 defines Civil Offence as,

SECTION 59: CIVIL OFFENCES

(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), any person subject to this Act who at any place in or beyond Pakistan commits any civil offence shall be deemed to be guilty of an offence against this Act and, if charged therewith under this section, shall be liable to be [dealt with under this Act], and, on conviction, to be punished as follows, that is to say,

(a) if the offence is one which would be punishable under any law in force in Pakistan with death or with 1[imprisonment for life], he shall be liable to suffer any punishment 2* * * assigned for the offence by the aforesaid law or such less punishment as is in this Act mentioned; and

(b) In any other case, he shall be liable to suffer any punishment 2* * * assigned for the offence by the law in force in Pakistan, or 1* rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or 1* such less punishment as is in this Act mentioned [:]

[Provided that, where the offence of which any such person is found guilty is an offence liable to hadd under any Islamic law, the sentence awarded to him shall be that provided for the offence in that law.

The sub-section further defines the powers of court-martial:

The powers of a Court martial [or an officer exercising authority under section 23] to charge and punish any person under this section shall not be affected by reason of the fact that the civil offence with which such person is charged is also an offence against this Act.

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in any other law for the time being in force a person who becomes subject to this Act by reason of his being accused of an offence mentioned in clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 2 shall be liable to be tried or otherwise dealt with under this Act for such offence as if the offence were an offence against this Act and were committed at a time when such person was subject to this Act ; and the provisions of this section shall have effect accordingly.

Now, let’s see what clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Pakistan Army Act says:

SECTION 2: PERSONS SUBJECT TO THE PAKISTAN ARMY ACT 1952

CLAUSE D OF SUB-SECTION 1

Persons not otherwise subject to this Act who are accused of__

  • Seducing or attempting to seduce any person subject to this Act from his duty or allegiance to Government, or
  •  Having committed, in relation to any work of defence, arsenal, naval, military or air force establishment or station, ship or aircraft or otherwise in relation to the naval, military or air force affairs of Pakistan, an offence under the Official Secrets Act, 1923, and
  • Raise arms or wage war against Pakistan, or attack the Armed Forces of Pakistan or law enforcement agencies, or attack any civil or military installations in Pakistan; or
  •  Provide or receive funding from any foreign or local source for the illegal activities under this clause shall be punished under this Act.

The Pakistan Army Act sounds like a convoluted document that gives unbridled power and illegitimate secrecy to military courts in Pakistan and these are some of its legal jargons that Pakistan has used against an innocent Indian.

Pakistan has also invoked the Official Secrets Act 1923, a British era document that has been the subject of intense debate in India for its archaic provisions. Both countries have inherited many colonial legacies like this. But Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sham trial and punishment show Pakistan uses it with impunity.

Section 3 of the OSA 1923 defines penalties for spying that can be upto fourteen years of imprisonment and goes on to say,

“It shall not be necessary to show that the accuse person was guilty of any particular act tending to State, and notwithstanding that no such act is proved against him, he may be convicted, if from the circumstances of the case or his conduct or his known character as proved, it appears that his purpose was a purpose prejudicial to the safety or interest of the State.”

Pakistan had established military courts in 2015 with a constitutional amendment to try people for terrorism and related offences committed in civilian areas after the December 2015 Peshawar school massacre and only last month, in March 2017, its parliament voted for another two years extension to them. Since their establishment, the military courts have an absolute record of convictions with no acquittals. According to the Pakistan’s military, the military courts have convicted 274 people in last two years, 161 of them being sentenced to death and 113 to varying prison terms.

India has strongly protested the sentence likening it to murder and claims that the only evidence against Jadhav is his forced confession and is expected to raise the issue internationally to expose the Pakistani sham. Since Jadhav’s arrest in March 2016, India has repeatedly asked for consular access to him but the way he has been arbitrarily and summarily sentenced to death by its Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, tells us that Pakistan was never serious about the Indian demands and about the established norms of international jurisprudence.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SLAMS PAKISTAN ON KULBHUSHAN JADHAV’S DEATH SENTENCE

The article originally appeared on India Today.

Amnesty International has slammed Pakistan on the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy who was arrested by Pakistan in March 2016. A military court in Pakistan has sentenced him to death for espionage, sabotage activities and waging war against Pakistan.

In a series of tweets, Amnesty International’s India arm has questioned the way Pakistan’s military courts function.

Amnesty says that Pakistan’s military courts act against the established norms of jurisprudence with no access to charges and evidence against a person and sentence based on that given.
Follow

Amnesty India @AIIndia
Under Pakistan’s military courts, no info about charges or evidence against suspects, or sentences given, is made public. #KulbhushanJadhav
6:42 PM – 10 Apr 2017

Reacting to the highhandedness and arbitrariness of Pakistan’s military courts, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Biraj Patnaik has said that the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav “shows yet again how Pakistan’s military court system rides roughshod over international standards”, a PTI report quoted him saying. Amnesty India’s tweets with the hashtag #KulbhushanJadhav say military courts should only be for maintaining the military discipline and the rest should be left for the judicial system, be it Pakistan or India or any country.

Amnesty India @AIIndia
Military courts in Pakistan & other countries including India are only apt for military discipline, not any other crimes. #KulbhushanJadhav
6:44 PM – 10 Apr 2017

Amnesty further said that ‘that military courts are linked to coerced confessions, opaque processes and unfair trials’. “Stripping defendants of their rights and operating in notorious secrecy, military courts do not dispense justice but travesty it,” Patnaik’s statement read.

Pakistan’s propaganda claims Jadhav is a serving Indian Navy officer while India has clarified that Jadhav was an ex-Navy officer and he had no link with the government. India has also maintained that Jadhav was abducted from Iran.

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KULBHUSHAN JADHAV DEATH SENTENCE: PAKISTANI CIVILIAN ESTABLISHMENT CALLS IT WARNING TO PAK’S ENEMIES

The article originally appeared on India Today.

Reacting to the death sentence given to the former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, the country’s civilian establishment has likened it to ‘warning to the enemies of Pakistan’.

Pakistan has accused Jadhav of being a Research and Analysis Wing agent, a charge that the Indian government has strongly refuted.

According to a report published in Pakistani publication, The Nation, Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif said, “No leniency will be given to those with anti-Pakistan sentiments. His (Jhadav) death sentence is a warning to the enemies of Pakistan”.

Asif said that India’s spy agency R&AW was acting in collusion with Afghanistan to foment unrest in Balochistan and to destabilise the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Reiterating the Pakistani rant that law was followed in Jadhav’s case, the Pakistani defence minister said, “India was not their (Pakistan’s) well wisher and it sponsored cross-border terrorism in Pakistan.”

This is the first reaction from any senior minister of Pakistan’s civilian establishment on the Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence, which was confirmed by Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

MILITARY VS THE GOVERNMENT

Notably, the civilian establishment is seen not at good terms with Pakistan’s all powerful military.

Asif’s statement on the Jadhav issue is on the expected line as Pakistan’s military wields the real power in Pakistan and its civilian government has always been forced to toe the army line.

At the same time, rivals of Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif have slammed him for his alleged soft stance on India.

Also, it is widely believed that Sharif has tried to take on the military establishment to assert the civilian government’s supremacy.

The death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court of Pakistan through a trial conducted in secrecy once again reaffirms the fact that it is the Pakistan’s military that calls the shots in the country.

Just in December, Nawaz Sharif’s Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz had accepted in the Pakistani Senate that the dossier on Kubhushan Jadhav had mere statements and more evidence was needed.

And now, all of a sudden, in just four months, in a military court trial, Pakistan has amassed enough evidence to hang Kulbhushan.

INDIA CRIES MURDER

The Indian government, in its reaction, has slammed the Pakistani military court’s verdict announcing a death sentence for Jadhav.

The Ministry of External Affairs sent Pakistan a sharply worded demarche, which read, “If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the Government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder.”

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