Kulbhushan Jadhav is alive: Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit tells CNN-News18

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Tuesday said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged espionage charges, is alive.

IANS May 23, 2017 19:30:58 IST
Kulbhushan Jadhav is alive: Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit tells CNN-News18

New Delhi: Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Tuesday said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged espionage charges, is alive.

"I can assure that he is alive," Basit said in an interview to CNN-News 18 TV channel.

He said that an appeal sent by Jadhav's mother has been passed on by Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is alive Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit tells CNNNews18

File photo of Abdul Basit. News18

Jadhav was allegedly arrested from Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016. Pakistan claimed that the former Indian Navy officer confessed in a video that he was involved in spying and terror activities in Balochistan, a charge rejected by India. He was convicted in April by a Pakistani military court and sentenced to death.

India has maintained that Jadhav was abducted from Iran, where he was pursuing his business, and passed off as a spy.

Earlier this month, India moved the International Court of Justice at The Hague, which then stayed the execution pending a final decision by the court.

Basit described the Jadhav case as "highly sensitive".

He also denied the beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

"Our army does not get involved in such things," he claimed.

The bodies of the Army's Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and the BSF's Head Constable Prem Sagar were found mutilated on the LoC on 1 May.

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

PSL: PCB gives permission for 50 percent crowd capacity for remaining games in Karachi
First Cricket News

PSL: PCB gives permission for 50 percent crowd capacity for remaining games in Karachi

PCB's decision meant that around 19,000 fans could go to the National Stadium to see the country’s premier Twenty20 cricket league.

Pakistan need to play spin better at T20 World Cup in India, says head coach Misbah
First Cricket News

Pakistan need to play spin better at T20 World Cup in India, says head coach Misbah

"The fact is we are not playing spin well and if we are to do well in India where the World Cup is to be held we have to learn to play spin better and improve the way we play spinners," Misbah said.

Umar Akmal says he did not report spot-fixing approach as it would not remain confidential
First Cricket News

Umar Akmal says he did not report spot-fixing approach as it would not remain confidential

Umar Akmal was initially banned for three years from all cricket activities last year for not reporting approaches made to him for spot-fixing in PSL. The Court of Arbitration for Sports has reduced the ban to 12 months.