Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Timeline and what we can conclude
April 4, 2017: The date which has left the country raged again because of another failed and biased attempt of Pakistan and its broke judiciary system. Kulbhushan Jadhav, as an Indian national has been sentenced to death after being alleged of being an R&AW agent and planning rebellious activities in the Pakistan’s Baloch province.
Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, who was running his business in Iran was arrested from Baloch province of Pakistan. Yet, it is a mystery, if the Pakistan government has lied and if Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, which is also stated by the Government of India.
As of March 26, 2016: Pakistan releases a statement of arresting Jadhav adding with the allegations of being an R&AW agent. India’s ministry of External Affairs replied that Jadhav was not linked to Indian Government in any way and had been recognized as a retired Navy Officer, ministry also asked for a consular access to Jadhav, which was denied by Pakistan. Also, a video evidence of Jadhav was released by the Pakistan government in March in which Jadhav admitted that he was in Indian Navy and an operative of R&AW. Noticeably, no actual evidence was found against Jadhav, Indian Government also stated that Pakistan may have threatened Jadhav or used third degree against him to get a misleading statement. Prior to that, Pakistan could have also doctored the statements as for their need.
April 2016: Charges were filed against Jadhav of terrorism and sabotage in the Baloch province. Baloch is the province which also has been trying to get freedom from Pakistan and it’s amenable atrocities.
December, 2016: Sartaj Aziz, the foreign affairs advisor of Pakistan stated that the reports provided against Jadhav were not enough to prove him guilty against the allegations.
March, 2017: Aziz took back his words, also stating that Jadhav would not be extradited to India under any circumstances.
As then April 4, 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death in a trial, ISPR issues statement on Jadhav’s death sentence.
A week after, Sushma Swaraj spoke in parliament warning Pakistan about the consequences of this unjustified action. Also stating, India would even go ‘out-of-way’ to save Jadhav. Noticeably, couple of days ago, Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home-Affairs ensured that Jadhav would get justice, also the GOI stated that if Jadhav was killed, it would be stated as a ‘Premeditated murder’ as no consular access was allowed and also any credible evidence. Irrespective to party, the parliament has united to save Jadhav, Shashi Tharoor spoke that “It is a matter that affects us all”.
Now, Indian government must hold grounds and take strict actions against Pakistan. It’s not the first time Pakistan has done some undignified and unjustified act to hide their mistakes. Sarabjit Singh, who died in Pakistan Jail, 2013 was also a victim of Pakistan unacceptable and atrocious act. R&AW stated that this tactic is a blackmail and anything could happen in Pakistan. Amnesty International, an Human-Rights NGO has also backed India this time, stating that the evidence against Jadhav are insufficient and the military court of Pakistan has violated International standards. India can also approach UN: International court of justice for the release of Jadhav. But, again the whole incidence has again left us displeased, India must learn and start having a strict command against the terror-factory: Pakistan. We can’t afford to keep letting Pakistan get away with anything.
What also is considerable that if Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, how much Indians are safe in Iran and other Pakistan ally nations? What affect would it have on Iran and India’s relations? And it’s not only Jadhav, hundreds of minorities are being killed, tortured in Pakistan openly, every year. But they are out of official proceedings. It’s not only the responsibility of the government, but also the people of the nation to defy and boycott Pakistan. I, personally expect that the Government comes out with a solution and Kulbhushan Jadhav’s life is saved.