Washington: Top US experts have now expressed concern over Pakistan’s decision to give death penalty to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav as they warned that Islamabad wants to send a “strong message” to India against isolating it on the world stage.
Former naval officer Kulbhushan was convicted by a Pakistani military court for spying and fomenting unrest in the province of Balochistan.
Amid outrage in India over Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday that the Indian national has a right to appeal against his death sentence within 60 days.
Speaking on Lok Sabha, on Tuesday Rajnath Singh said, ” the government of India strongly condemns Pakistan’s move to send Kulbhushan Jadhav to gallows on false charges of being a spy”.
Likewise Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj also slammed the death sentence as “an indefensible verdict” and warned Pakistan to “consider the consequences” of the case on its relations with India.
Notably, the ex-Indian Navy officer was arrested on March, 2016. India has been claiming that Jadhav was abducted in Iran.
A statement issued by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) described Jadhav as a Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) agent who was arrested during “Counter Intelligence Operation” from Mashkel, Balochistan.