AGP clarifies position
of Kulbhushan Jadhav,
ready to brief opposition


ISLAMABAD: Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan on Thursday asked the opposition parties to refrain from politicising the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue.

In a joint sitting of Pakistan Parliament, a bill was passed to grant Kulbhushan Jadhav a 50-year-Indian national the right to appeal as per the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Khalid Javed said that Indian attempts to isolate Pakistan have failed as New Delhi was planning to take the matter to the ICJ and the UNSC. The AGP said Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian spy and murderer of Pakistanis, but the legislation allowing Jadhav to appeal against his sentence has been done in the line with the ICJs ruling.

Kulbhushan Jadhav

“I am ready to brief opposition parties if they want”, AGP Khalid Javed Khan said and urged the opposition not to politicize the issue.

He said that the Pakistani security agencies on March 24, 2016 apprehended Kulbhushan Jadav from Balochistan. The suspect was said to be an officer of the Indian navy working for the covert agency to destabilize Pakistan.

He claimed that the operative had contacts with banned organizations and was working on plans to break Karachi and Balochistan away from Pakistan, and to sabotage the billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan

Earlier, as per the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision, the joint session had passed to grant the Indian spy the right to appeal against his death sentence.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested on March 24, 2016, from Balochistan. In his statement, he confessed that he was an officer of the Indian navy working for the covert agency, RAW, to destabilise Pakistan.

While talking to the media, AGP Khalid Javed said that India was trying to isolate Pakistan, as Delhi was planning to take Kulbhushan’s matter to the ICJ and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

He further said that the legislation to allow Kulbhushan to exercise the right of appeal against his sentence was done according to the ICJ’s ruling.

On March 25, a day after the arrest, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the Indian man arrested from Balochistan has no connection with the government, however, admitted that Kulbhushan is a former officer of the Indian navy.

He (Jadhav) acquired premature retirement from the Indian navy and since then the government has nothing to do with him, said Vikas Swarup, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, requesting Pakistan to grant counsellor access to the arrested Indian citizen.

On April 10, COAS, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by Field General Court Martial (FGCM). He was tried through (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded death sentence.

Jadhav was tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923. FGCM found Kulbushan Sudhir Jadav guilty of all the charges.