Pakistan PM’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has shared the state’s charge sheet against ‘Indian spy’ Kulbhushan Jadhav and a timeline of his trial in a media briefing on Friday (14 April).
At that time, Aziz also asked why Jadhav, who was handed the death sentence on Monday (10 April) by a Field General Court Martial for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan, had been carrying official documents under an alias at the time of his arrest.
“I would like to ask India why he [Yadhav] was using a fake identity and masquerading as a Muslim,” Aziz asked.
“Since India has no credible explanation about why their serving naval commander was in Balochistan, it has unleashed a flimsy propaganda campaign,” he added.
The adviser also said that the inflammatory statements and rhetoric about ‘pre-meditated murder’ and ‘unrest in Balochistan’ would only result in escalation and serving no useful purpose.
On the charge sheet issue, Aziz said that Jadhav had been held responsible for the following terrorist activities:
- Sponsored and directed Improvised Explosive Device and grenade attacks in Gwadar and Turbat.
- Directed attacks on a radar station and civilian boats in the sea opposite Jiwani Port.
- Funded subversive secessionist and terrorist elements through hawala/hundi for subverting the Pakistani youth against the country, especially in Balochistan.
- Sponsored explosions of gas pipelines and electric pylons in Sibi and Sui areas in Balochistan.
- Sponsored IED explosions in Quetta in 2015, causing massive damage to life and property.
- Sponsored attack on Hazaras in Quetta and Shias en route to and back from Iran.
- Abetted attacks through anti-state elements against law enforcement agencies, the Frontier Corps and Frontier Works Organisation in areas of Turbat, Punjgur, Gawadar, Pasni and Jiwani during 2014-15, killing and injuring many civilians and soldiers.
Aziz also provided a timeline of the trial and proceedings against Jadhav:
- Confessional video statement of Kulbushan Jhadav – March 25, 2016
- Initial FIR in Counter-Terrorism Department Quetta – April 8, 2016
- Initial interrogation – May 2, 2016
- Detailed interrogation – May 22, 2016
- Joint Investigation Team constituted – July 12, 2016
- Confessional statement under Sec 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code – July 22, 2016
- Recording of summary of evidence – September 24, 2016
- 1st proceeding – September 21, 2016
- 2nd proceeding – October 19, 2016
- 3rd proceeding – November 29, 2016
- 4th proceeding – February 12, 2017
- Death sentence endorsed – April 10, 2017
However, Aziz clarified that Kulbhushan Jhadav still has the right to appeal within 40 days to an appellate court.
He may also lodge a mercy petition to the Army chief within 60 days of the decision by the appellate court and may file a mercy petition to the President of Pakistan within 90 days after the decision of COAS on the mercy petition.
In conclusion of his statement Aziz emphasized two points. He said:
“First, all political parties are unanimous that the award of death penalty after due process and overwhelming evidence to a foreign spy, who was not only carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan but actually promoting terrorism, is the correct decision.
“Second, the whole nation is solidly united against any threat to Pakistan’s security.”