Kulbushan Yadav case has a scope for rethinking- Abdul Basit says


Talking to an Indian paper, the High Commissioner said that there is a room for a rethink in Kulbushan Yadav case who was awarded a death sentence by Field General Court Martial being charged with espionage.

Kulbushan Yadav, an Indian spy, was awarded death sentence in April under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) for espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.Army Chief General, Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed the verdict against him.

Kulbushan Yadav was arrested on March 3, 2016, for his involvement in suspicious activities against Pakistan through a Counter-Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan. He, later on, was recorded admitting to being involved in anti-Pakistan activities.

India, on the other hand, claims that he is not a spy rather was kidnapped by Pakistan which has lodged a case against Islamabad as a result of an accusation of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide Kulbushan Yadav with consular access and breaking the human rights law.

An appeal was also filed in the International Court of Justice by New Dehli to impose measures to suspend Kulbushan Yadav’s execution sentence until the case in The Hague is concluded and this appeal was approved.

Abdul Basit said that Kulbushan Yadav would be able to appeal for clemency to Pakistan Army Chief first and then the President Hussian in the case of rejection of an appeal by the Court. The Indian paper, The Hindu, reported that Abdul Basit told them that Pakistan will not carry out death sentence as long as the case is in the International Court of Justice which could take years to resolve.

He also said that Pakistan would like the process to end quickly but will wait for the approval.

Talking about Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Seed, Abdul Basit that the Pakistan’s Government tried its best to keep Saeed under house arrest and many organizations under him are being observed right now.




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