The Hindu – Pakistan not to yield to India on Jadhav

General Bajwa also apprised the Prime Minister of the progress made ine ongoing operation against terror

Islamabad, 12 April 2017. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and powerful Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday agreed not to come under any pressure on the issue of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death on charges of spying, according to a media report.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bajwa met Mr. Sharif and took the Prime Minister into confidence regarding the issue of Mr. Jadhav, Samaa TV reported.

“They agreed not to come under any pressure” on the issue of Jadhav, the channel said.

The meeting comes two days after the Army chief approved the execution of Mr. Jadhav after a military court sentenced him to death for “espionage and sabotage activities”, evoking a sharp reaction from India which warned Islamabad to consider the consequences on bilateral ties if he is hanged.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday made a statement in both the Houses of Parliament, asserting that India will go “out of the way” to ensure justice to Mr. Jadhav who is an “innocent kidnapped Indian”.

She said, Mr. Jadhav’s execution will be taken by India as a “pre-meditated murder.” Ms. Swaraj said Mr. Jadhav was doing business in Iran and the charges against him were ‘concocted’.


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