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Pakistan to execute Indian Raw spy

11 April, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will execute an Indian who allegedly confessed to spying for Indian intelligence, the military said Monday in a move that quickly raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The man, named by the army as Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav who also goes by the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, was found guilty by the Field General Court Martial and was sentenced to death.

“Today, (army chief) Gen Qamer Javed Bajwa has confirmed his death sentence,” a military statement said, without stating when the execution would take place.

The ISPR statement said Jadhav told the court he was tasked by India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) intelligence agency to “plan, coordinate, and organise espionage/sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan” in Balochistan and Karachi.

A security official told AFP the court-martial had been kept secret even within the ranks of the military. India has previously denied as “baseless” the claim that Jadhav, whom Islamabad says was arrested in Balochistan in March last year, was a spy.

Its foreign ministry said it had summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner (ambassador) Abdul Basit to protest at the conviction and sentence. The ministry said there was no evidence against Jadhav, whom Indian media have described as a former naval officer, calling the proceedings against him ‘farcical’.

It also dismissed the Pakistani military claim Jadhav had been provided with a ‘defending officer’ as ‘clearly absurd’, and said it had made 13 requests for consular access to him over the past year, all of which were denied. Shortly after the arrest, the military released a video showing Jadhav confessing to working in Pakistan for years.

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