Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, in an interview with a TV channel, spoke about the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and said that the Indian man had been kidnapped in Iran. Speaking about his trial and subsequent death sentence passed by a Pakistani military court, Jaitley said secrecy went against the concept of a fair trial and such a trial does not inspire confidence. He was speaking to Times Now. He said that the truth had a better way of coming out. Saying that both India and Pakistan were bound by the Vienna Convention, the Defence Minister raised questions about Kulbhushan Jadhav being granted a proper defence.
Earlier in the day, a retired Pakistani Army Officer, Lieutenant General Amjad Shoaib, who was also reported to be a former ISI officer told reporters that Jadhav had been arrested from Iran and not Pakistan, Indian Today reported. India had always maintained that Jadhav had been arrested by Pakistani forces in Iran’s Chabahar, despite Pakistan’s claim that the arrest had been made from the Balochistan Province on March 3, 2016. Jadhav had been tried in a Pakistani Court later and had been sentenced to death. India, despite repeated attempts at contacting Jadhav, had not been granted consular access by the Pakistan government.
Following this series of events, the Indian government had approached the International Court of Justice, which had put a stay on Jadhav’s execution last week. Another report by the Indian Express, a Pakistani parliamentary panel on National Security had expressed their dissatisfaction over the Pakistani government’s reaction to India’s case at the International Court of Justice. The said panel had met on Tuesday to discuss the case and sought more information from the Pakistani government about their strategy to defend the case in the next hearing.