Top Indian diplomat raises Jhadev issue with Tehmina

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  • Bambawale calls on foreign secretary in Islamabad

Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale called on Foreign Affairs Secretary Tehmina Janjua here on Friday at his request.

According to a Foreign Office statement, the Indian diplomat raised the issue of India’s serving naval officer Commander Kulbhushan Jhadev, who is also RAW agent. Tehmina said the trial against Jhadev was conducted under the Pakistan Army Act of 1952 and the Official Secret Act of 1923.

Jhadev was caught red-handed for his involvement in espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities in Pakistan. The Indian agent himself had acknowledged his involvement in subversive activities against the state of Pakistan.

The foreign secretary emphasised that during the period of trial, due judicial process was followed and he was provided a lawyer in accordance with relevant laws and the constitution. She underscored that the Pakistanis incarcerated in Indian prisons had not been provided consular access for years, despite repeated requests and follow-up by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

She said that the rhetoric in the Indian parliament was un-warranted and only added to fueling hatred against Pakistan which was not conducive for promoting cordial ties between the two countries, in accordance with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s vision for peace in the region.

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