The Parliament of the European Union has slammed the use of military courts in Pakistan. The Parliament of the EU passed a resolution saying that the use of military courts in the country is deplorable and said that the human rights record of the nation was dismal, according to India Today. The resolution was passed months after Pakistan sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national accused of spying, to death by a Pakistani Army court. Jadhav was arrested under mysterious circumstances by Pakistan. India has challenged the sentence at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague.
This also comes on a day when Pakistan claimed that Russia has made a mediation offer to resolve Indo-Pakistan issues, only to have its claims shot down by India and even by the Russian envoy. A PTI report quoting External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that Moscow was “well aware” of New Delhi’s position of bilateral resolution of all such matters in a terror-free environment. Baglay added, “No offer of mediation was made by Russia to India. Russia is very well aware of India’s consistent position to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an environment free of terrorism and violence.”
Pakistan had initially claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin had expressed his intention to mediate between the two countries. A diplomat in the Russian embassy in New Delhi called these reports as “wishful thinking”.
The reports first emanated in the Pakistani media that quoted the Pakistan Foreign Office as saying “we welcomes UNSC Permanent Member Russia’s attention and intention to play a role in this long-standing issue on the UNSC agenda”.
PTI reported that the Russian embassy also rejected reports of any mediation offer. “We do not have any information of such an offer made by our president. Russia is clear in its position that Indo-Pak issues need to be resolved, bilaterally, and we will never ever suggest anything contrary to that.