Pakistan says Indian spy facing death has right to appeal

A Pakistan military court had on April 10 sentenced Jadhav to death in a secret trial for alleged involvement in "espionage and sabotage activities" in restive Balochistan and Karachi. India has already said if Jadhav were to be executed, it will be considered as a "premeditated murder".

"He was sentenced as per the law of the land".

India April 13 criticized Pakistan for its refusal to share Jadhav's location and details of his condition, and said that the worldwide norm to provide consular access was not followed.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, was given death sentence by the Pakistani Military Court, in charges of spying. Bambawale said after visiting the Pakistani Foreign Ministry as quoted by the Hindustan Times newspaper.

The Adviser emphasized that all political parties of Pakistan are unanimous that award of death penalty after due process and overwhelming evidence against a foreign spy who carried out subversive activities and promoted terrorism is correct decision.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, last year, in Balochistan, on charges of being a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent, boosting the Baloch separatist movement and attempting to destroy the United States dollars 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

On Friday, India requested Pakistan for the 14th time, for consular access to Mr Jadhav.

Media reports in Pakistan said that three Indian agents and a man known to be the mastermind behind the Abbaspur bomb blast were arrested during a search operation. It also claimed that he was "a serving officer in the Indian Navy".

Criticizing the Centre for avoiding dialogue with Pakistan, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said problems gets aggravated when there is so much tension between the two nations.

He said the worst of terrorists, when caught anywhere in the world, were given a fair trial, including India, which demonstrated the principles of natural justice by giving a fair trial to hardcore terrorist Ajmal Kasab and upholding his human rights.

"Inflammatory statements and rhetoric about "pre- meditated murder" and "unrest in Balochistan", will only result in escalation, serving no useful goal", Aziz warned.

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