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Monday, Oct 14, 2019

Pakistan playing dangerous game in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, says Parrikar

The Goa chief minister said if India started retaliating then Pakistan does not have the power to fight back.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2017 20:11 IST

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Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.(PTI File Photo)

Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar said Pakistan was playing a “dangerous game” in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death in the neighbouring country on charges of spying.

“Pakistan should understand that if India starts retaliating then it does not have the power to fight back, whatever they may project themselves to be,” the Goa chief minister told the Doordarshan in an interview.

“But, we want peace. We do not want provocation. So they should send Jadhav back,” he said. “First of all, they have abducted him. He was not in Pakistan. He was in Iran. Iran has said that the Taliban kidnapped him and took him to Pakistan. Pakistan has a habit of doing something or other.”

“....(external affairs minister) Sushma Swaraj has given an apt reply - we will not keep quiet (if Pakistan executes Jadhav). The country will do what is required. We can take care of Pakistan if it tries to do anything ill-advised,” he added.

A military court in Pakistan has sentenced Indian naval staff Jadhav to death for alleged espionage. The Indian government reacted strongly to the development saying if the sentence were to be carried out it would be considered as “pre-meditated murder”.

Over the past four days, India and Pakistan have traded punches over the death sentence handed out to Jadhav, an Indian citizen who Pakistan accuses of being a spy for the Research and Development Wing (RAW), an allegation he, his family, and the Indian government have all denied.

Jadhav has been working out of Iran since 2003 and was accused of espionage in the Pakistani state of Balochistan in March 2013.

First Published: Apr 15, 2017 09:20 IST

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