Kulbhushan death sentence: India needs to take stern action against Pak, says Swamy

| Updated: Apr 11, 2017 02:02 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr. 10 (ANI): After the Pakistan military court gave a death sentence to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asserted that the time has come for India to give up the thought to maintain cordial relationship with Islamabad and take stern action against them. "This is the time to wake up. We should give up the ideology that to maintain friendship between the Hindus and the Muslims, it is important to mend the relationship between India and Pakistan and should take strict action against Pakistan," BJP leader Subramanian Swamy told ANI. He asserted that one should not be shocked with Pakistan's act as such kind of actions are always expected from the neighbouring country. "I am not shocked over this incident as there is no democracy in Pakistan. They are growing in 'Jungle Raj'. Even the way their ancestors have killed people in India, it has never been done by anyone before," he said. Earlier today, the Pakistan Military sentenced Jadhav to death, its media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. "The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Today Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM," the ISPR said. Strongly reacting to this, India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a demarche. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was not even informed about Jadhav's trial in the court. The ministry added that the subsequent presence of Jadhav, who was kidnapped last year from Iran, has never been explained credibly by the Pakistani authorities. "If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the Government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder," an official statement read. Earlier in March 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the former Indian naval officer was arrested by Pakistan for allegedly engaging in subversive activities was possibly kidnapped from Iran and denied any possibilities of him being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan. (ANI)