Kulbhushan’s Death Sentence Impact : India Stops Release of Pakistani Prisoners
The Pakistan Army sentenced to death former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on espionage charges. This Pakistan's move has not only added to tensions between the two nations, but has also served a big blow to back channel efforts to normalize situation between the two nuclear-power neighboring nations.
The news about Kulbhushan’s death sentence was covered prominently by all Pakistani newspapers and websites. Most of the news portals have given major space to India's strong reaction over the sentencing.
In response, the external affairs ministry has issued a demarche to Pakistan stating: "If basic norms of law and justice are not observed, government and people of India will regard it as premeditated murder." Sushma Swaraj has described Pakistan military court's verdict as "premeditated murder."
Giving a strong response to it, India has also stopped the release of around a dozen Pakistani prisoners who were going to be released by authorities day after tomorrow.
The Field General Court Martial (FGCM) sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on the charges of "espionage and sabotage activities", a press release by Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
With his family refusing to comment on the case, piecing together the story of Jadhav’s life has proved near impossible.
Even though Pakistan claims Jadhav was aiding Baloch insurgent groups, it is yet to release any details on specific individuals he is alleged to have been in contact with, or acts of terrorism he facilitated.
(with inputs from news18)