Pakistan reiterates stance on Jadhav

Staff Report
Saturday - February 10, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Foreign office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal, in a statement on Friday, reiterated, “Indian navy (IN) commander Kulbushan Jadhav was tried, in accordance to the law of the land in a fully transparent manner, by the field general court martial (FGCM) under section 59 of Pakistan army act (PAA) 1952 and section three of official secret act of 1923.”

He said, “Indian subversive and terrorist activities against Pakistan are well documented” adding “Pakistan has also raised them with the united nations (UN) and the international community.”

Jadhav is just the last case in evidence, Faisal mentioned and added, India needs to act as a responsible member of the international community and refrain from such activities which are against the UN charter and inter-State norms and pose a threat to regional peace.

Jadhav confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency research and analysis wing (RAW) to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan, he reminded.

Jadhav was awarded the death sentence which was confirmed by the chief of army staff (COAS) on April 10th, 2017, Faisal said.

Jadhav was operating a wide network of terrorism, subversion and terror financing related networks in Pakistan, he added and said, Jadhav will be dealt with, in line with the law of the land, for all his crimes accordingly.

On Indian army chief Bipin Rawat’s statement that ceasefire violations (CFVs) at the line of control (LoC) are unlikely to end soon and that Pakistan army is suffering a lot more casualties and damages than India, Faisal said, “Such statements from Rawat are reflective of the current mindset prevalent in India” lashing “They are also belied by the situation at the LoC and the working boundary (WB) where in 2018 to date Indian forces carried out more than 200 CFVs, resulting in the martyrdoms of 13 innocent civilians, while injuring 65 others.”

This is a continuation of the unprecedented trend of CFVs in 2017 when Indian forces carried out 1,970 CFVs, resulting in the martyrdoms of 54 innocent Pakistani civilians and injuries to more than 200, he mentioned.

The government and people of Pakistan believe in a peaceful neighborhood, which is essential for peace and development, Faisal said and added, cooperation instead of conflict is the only way forward but this needs to be reciprocated by actions not words.

Our armed forces have shown exemplary restraint but they are fully capable of giving a befitting response to safeguard the motherland, he warned.