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Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty row LIVE: Baloch Republican Party’s AN Bugti calls decision ‘propaganda’

Protests erupted in India over the death sentence given to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan

By: | New Delhi | Updated: April 11, 2017 11:05 PM
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Protests erupted in India over the death sentence given to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan even as support poured in for him demanding the Narendra Modi government give befitting reply to the neighbouring nation. From Parliament, streets across the country to social media domain, clamour has grown to save Jadhav.

Track here for live updates:

11:00 pm: Speaking late in the evening at an event on Tuesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of attempting a “pre-planned murder” of former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and asserted India will do “whatever it takes” to ensure his release.

10:50 pm: New Delhi should recongnise Balochistan as an independent nation if Pakistan executes Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

8:37 pm: Ruckus at the ‘Improving Indo-Pak Relations’ event venue after leaders from both the countries come outside the ICC building.

8:15 pm: Watch Congress leader Saifuddin Soz speaking to ANI and maintaining his stand that ‘current problem in Kashmir is created by India and not by Pakistan.’

7:50: I found out about him (Kulbhushan Jadhav) in India, I don’t know anything about that, said Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri

7:35 pm: Sheer propaganda by Pakistan to accuse him (Kulbhushan Jadhav) of being involved in espionage in Balochistan, said AN Bugti, Baloch Republican Party.

7:20 pm: Speaking at the “Improving Indo-Pak Relations’ event, Ram Jethmalani said that “Kashmir problem is not created by India, it is unfortunately created by Pakistan.” Whoever, deferring to same, Pakistani leader Saifuddin Soz said, I differ Ram Jethmalani, current problem in Kashmir is created by India not by Pakistan.

6:30 pm: Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has recently said that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav has right to appeal against his death sentence within 60 days.

6:00 pm: Watch Pakistan High Commissioner being silent on Kulbhushan Jadhav as he arrives at IIC for the ‘Improving Indo-Pak Relations’ event.

5:40: Even Pakistanis are being tried by military courts, says ex-Pakistan Finance Minister KM Kasuri, who is in Delhi for programe ‘Improving Indo-Pak Relations’

5: 20 pm: Speaking during a Parliament session in Pakistan, Defence Minster Khawaja Asif said that they have evidence in form of confessional video against Kulbhushan Jadhav, reported Times Now.

4:12 pm: Pakistan Envoy Abdul Basit has recently said that Kulbhushan Jadhav is a terrorist and he deserves to die. The terrorist must meet his fate, he added.

4:00 pm: Hope our government will use its power, influence and do all efforts to bring him (Kulbhushan Jadhav) back. Priority should be to save his life, said A Owaisi to ANI.

3:38 pm: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari today indirectly opposed the death sentence handed out to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. He said the issue is controversial but his party is against capital punishment ‘on principle’.

2:55 pm: Programme was scheduled weeks back, such programmes are needed as Indo-Pak relations are not good, said OP Shah, Organiser, ‘Improving Indo-Pak relations.

2:25 pm: Watch M Venkaiah Naidu speaking on the issue

2:10 pm: Watch this video

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2:00 pm: Watch this video

1:55 pm: “We cannot remain oblivious to defending our sovereignty and protecting our independence,” Nawaz Sharif said.

1:50 pm: Pakistan is a peace loving country but this should not be seen as a sign of weakness, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday. “Cooperation rather than conflict and shared prosperity instead of suspicion are the hallmark of our policy,” Geo TV quoted Sharif as saying.

1:42 pm: It’s implementation of law by Pakistan. Not correct for India to point fingers, being the largest democracy, says National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal

1:40 pm: AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on his part said it is the joint responsibility of all to save Jadhav.

1:35 pm: “The government has influence, please use it. Will the government make every effort to save him? It is our joint responsibility to save him,” he said.

1:20 pm: Watch this video

1:18 pm: Protest against Pakistan and death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav, outside Islamic Centre of India in Lucknow.

1:10 pm: Watch this video

1:08 pm: Watch this video

1:05 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said “there should be no spat on the issue. We all are equally concerned about the fate of Jadhav.”

1:00 pm: Protests across India against Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death penalty

12:50 pm: Watch this video

12:48 pm: Senior PPP leader and former interior minister Rehman Malik said, “If the law has found Jadhav guilty then we have the right to sentence him to death and the sentence should be carried out. We should not back down to any pressure, Indian or international and make sure that the sentence is carried out.”

Pakistan media’s reaction

12:43 pm: Watch this video

12:38 pm: The influential Dawn newspaper termed the decision as a “rare move”. The paper said that the development comes at a time when tensions between Pakistan and India are already running high. It published a full column on what experts feel about the decision.

12:37 pm: The Express Tribune in the front page headline ‘Self-confessed Indian spy awarded death sentence’ termed the decision as “unprecedented”.It reported that the decision immediately sparked a bitter diplomatic spat between the two “hostile” neighbours. It further said that Jadhav has been operating in Pakistan disguised as Hussein Mubarak Patel.

12:35 pm: Right-wing English-language newspaper ‘The Nation’ in its front page lead ‘Death to spy spikes tensions’ observed that “a military court on Monday sentenced a high-profile Indian spy to death, ratcheting up longstanding tensions between the nuclear-armed states.”

12:33 pm: A senior Pakistan leader has himself expressed doubts about adequacy of claims in this case, says Swaraj in Lok Sabha.

12:29 pm: Watch Pakistan media’s take on Kulbhushan Jadhav

12:27 pm: Watch this video

12:25 pm: Check out Randeep Singh Surjewala’s tweet

12:24 pm: “Will PM pickup the phone & tell Pak about the falsehood of case against KulbhushanJadhav as admitted by Sartaj Aziz? (sic),” his tweet accompanying a media report on Aziz’s statement read.

12:21 pm: “Death sentence is a deliberate provocation to India. BJP Govt needs to travel beyond advisories. PM must intervene to secure his release (sic),” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

12:17 pm: Watch this video

12:15 pm: Indian Government will do whatever possible for Kulbhushan Jadhav, want to assure all that justice will be done with him, says Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

12:13 pm: Watch Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in Rajya Sabha

12:10 pm: Protest near Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi against death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

12:05 pm: Will go out of the way to save him, wo poore Hindustan ka beta hai:Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

12:04 pm: I would caution Pakistan govt to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter, says Sushma Swaraj.

12:00 pm: There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav. This is an act of premeditated murder, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Background– Jadhav was given the death sentence by the Pakistan Military, it’s media wing the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

How Jadhav was arrested– Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through an operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the ISPR said. Earlier in March 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the former Indian naval officer was arrested by Pakistan for allegedly engaging in subversive activities was possibly kidnapped from Iran and denied any possibilities of him being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan. The accused, used to run a business in the Iranian port city of Chabahar. He was seen in a video confessing that he was an official of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency.

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