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We do not know Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or health condition: MEA

Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested in March last year, was handed the death sentence by a Pakistan military court for allegedly spying and stoking violence in Balochistan.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2017 18:14 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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In this file photo, journalists look at an image of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, during a press conference.(AP File Photo)

India on Thursday said it was not aware of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or health condition in Pakistan as it prepares to seek consular access to the Indian national sentenced to death on charges of spying.

“Pakistan has not shared with us till now any details of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or how he is,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

Pakistan has turned down 13 requests for consular access to Jadhav, who India maintains is an “innocent Indian, kidnapped by Pakistan:

“All our requests for consular access have been denied. The so-called legal process done by Pakistan was opaque”, he said, pointing out in one occasion the neighbouring country had said it would give consular access provided India investigate the charges against him.

“That itself is a proof that they didn’t have enough evidence. Such a request is also against the established norms of seeking consular access.”

Jadhav, arrested in March last year, was handed the sentence by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and sabotage three days ago.

New Delhi responded saying if the sentence was carried out, it would be a “premeditated murder”.

“The proceedings that have led to the sentence against Jadhav are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him. It is significant that our high commission was not even informed that Jadhav was being brought to trial,” read the demarche handed to Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit.

Baglay said India was engaged in efforts to bring back Jadhav but added that he would not like to speculate on the steps being taken, including who all New Delhi may talk to.

The spokesman said he had no information about the alleged abduction of a retired Pakistani military officer in Nepal.

First Published: Apr 13, 2017 15:57 IST