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Indian 'spy' sentenced to death in Pakistan; New Delhi says his hanging will be 'premeditated murder'

The Pakistani military on Monday said that Indian "spy" Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested in Balochistan in March 2016, had been sentenced to death for "waging war" against the country. India retorted by saying that if Pakistan hanged Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, it will be considered "a case of premeditated murder" by New Delhi, making this the latest friction point between the two perennially sparring neighbours.

Apr 10, 2017
The Pakistani military on Monday said that Indian "spy" Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested in Balochistan in March 2016, had been sentenced to death for "waging war" against the country. India retorted by saying that if Pakistan hanged Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, it will be considered "a case of premeditated murder" by New Delhi, making this the latest friction point between the two perennially sparring neighbours. 
 
 Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said a Field General Court Martial awarded the capital punishment and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed the death sentence.  A brief ISPR statement described Jadhav, who allegedly used the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, as an Indian naval officer attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's external spy agency. 
 
 Indian officials have said he was no more in naval service.
 
 Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, reportedly in Balochistan's Mashkel area, for "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan", the ISPR said.
 
 The statement said Jadhav was tried under section 59 of the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, and section 3 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923.  The court martial found Jadhav guilty of all the charges, the ISPR said.
 
 "He confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage, sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi," the ISRP said.
 
Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar handed over a demarche to Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit. An official statement said the sentence against Jadhav, who Islamabad says 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.

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