New Delhi: India on Monday said that if Pakistan hanged retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, it will be considered "a case of premeditated murder".
This was stated in a demarche Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar handed over to Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit.
An official statement said the sentence against Jadhav, who Islamabad claims was an Indian intelligence agent, was "awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice".
If the sentence "is carried out, the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder", it said.
The Pakistani military announced on Monday that Jadhav had been sentenced to death for waging war against Pakistan.
Here is the full text of demarche handed by S Jaishankar to Abdul Basit early on Monday.
- We have seen the ISPR press release today regarding Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen, who has been awarded a death sentence by a Pakistani military court martial.
- Shri Jadhav was kidnapped last year from Iran and his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly. The Government of India, through its High Commission in Islamabad, has repeatedly sought consular access to him, as provided for by international law. Requests to that effect were formally made 13 times between 25 March 2016 and 31 March 2017. This was not permitted by the Pakistani authorities.
- The proceedings that have led to the sentence against Shri Jadhav are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him. It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Shri Jadhav was being brought to trial. Senior Pakistani figures have themselves cast doubt about the adequacy of evidence. The claim in the ISPR release that Shri Jadhav was provided with a defending officer during the so-called trial is clearly absurd in the circumstances.
- If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the Government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder.
With inputs from IANS
Published Date: Apr 10, 2017 18:20 PM | Updated Date: Apr 10, 2017 18:20 PM