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Lok Sabha erupts over Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing

SNS | New Delhi |


The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed an uproar as the opposition raised the Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing issue and demanded action from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"This will be a murder if the government didn’t interfere. Pakistan is saying Kulbhushan is RAW agent, this is not true. Why the government is silent on this," Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in Lok Sabha.

"PM Modi visited Pakistan but failed to raise the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue with his Pakistani counterpart," he added.

Kharge further said that Pakistan didn't follow international laws in the matter.

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi also raised the issue and demanded to bring Kulbhushan back home from Pakistan.

"Government should use its influence and try to bring him back here safe," Asaduddin Owaisi said in Lok Sabha.

"Pakistan military court is like a banana court where they have given a judgment without any evidence," he added.

The opposition party has also given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing issue.

India on Monday summoned the Pakistan envoy saying proceedings that led to the sentencing of Kulbhushan Jadhav are 'farcical'.

"If basic norms of law and justice are not observed, the government and people of India will regard it as premeditated murder," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was being brought to trial," the statement added.

The 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.

Jadhav was reportedly arrested on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan's Mashkel area for 'involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan’, the ISPR said.