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Pakistani sentencing of Indian is provocative, shorn of legal protocols
Posted:Apr 10, 2017
 
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By C Uday Bhaskar
 
The  sentencing to death of an Indian citizen on charges of spying by a Pakistani military court on April 10  reeks of a hasty, imprudent decision by Rawalpindi, the GHQ of the  Pak military, and is likely to further strain an already adversarial  bilateral relationship.
 
The decision is hasty and  shorn of international legal protocols and norms and this decision has been arrived at by a Pakistani military court  which technically does not have jurisdiction over a citizen of another country.
 
The suspect, Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, a  retired Indian naval officer, was denied any consular access and  the proceedings were held in camera. The charges against Jadhav were not substantive and it is  understood that  some awkward questions were asked in this regard by the Pakistan Foreign office in December last.
 
India has responded by stating that this action by Pakistan would be perceived as one of "premeditated murder" – and this is an indication of what lies ahead for the India-Pakistan bilateral, never untroubled at the best of times.
 
(C Uday Bhaskar is Director, Society for Policy Studies. He can be contacted at cudaybhaskar@spsindia.in)
 
 
 
 
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