We won’t bow to Indian pressure for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s release: Pak

Vastavam Web: Pakistan firmly told that it would not bend its head before anybody on Kulbhushan Jadav’s Issue. Though India is trying to influence them from various countries and in various routes, we wont care them,” Pakistan Minister clarified.It firmly told their stand on the death sentence for an Indian national accused of espionage, saying his trial was fair and that Islamabad wouldn’t bow to pressure from New Delhi.

Abdul Basit, Islamabad’s top envoy to New Delhi, said Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer, was tried in a military court because he was not a civilian, a treatment that was given also to Pakistani citizens accused of similar crimes.Basit’s explanation was in response to India’s questioning of the fairness of Jadhav’s court-martial in utter secrecy – a trial that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called “farcical”. India denies the charges against 46-year-old Jadhav, who was sentenced for “espionage and sabotage activities” on Monday.

“The charges against Jadhav were such that he could not be tried in a civil court… and he was also provided defence counsel,” Basit said in an interview with India Today TV, adding Jadhav had been visiting Pakistan since 2003 using an original Indian passport but a fake name.