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Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: All we know so far


Recently India-Pakistan ties are going through a pretty rough phase, with both countries coming up with allegations of spying. On Monday, Pakistani authorities delivered a judgment that will widen the gap of Indo-Pak peace proposals. An alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by Pakistani Authorities, for espionage and sabotage activities.

Who is Kulbhushan Jadhav, and why was he arrested?

Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, an India national and a retired Indian retired Naval officer, was arrested by Pakistani authorities on March 3, 2016, for allegedly working with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in India and had been involved with Baloch separatists. He was allegedly arrested in Balochistan while he was entering through Iran.

Almost after a month of Jadhav’s arrest, Pakistani authorities released a video where Jadhav is seen confessing to being a RAW spy. In this video he confesses to have been involved in various activities in Karachi and Balochistan on RAW’s directions (Indian intelligence agency). He further confesses of still being part of the Indian Navy and that RAW had recruited him in 2013.

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After the video was released, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs termed it doctored and fake. According to Pakistani Authorities Jadhav himself converted to Islam, and worked at Gadani under the garb of a scrap dealer. Pakistan had earlier declined to extradite Jadhav, and on Monday, (April, 10 2017) sentenced him to death.

What we know so far about the ‘Indian Spy’ story

  • Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav alias Hussain Mubarak Patel was born in India on April 16, 1970, and recognised by the Indian government as a former naval officer.
  • Jadhav joined the Indian National Defence Academy in the year 1987. He joined the Indian Navy in the year 1991. Jadhav, who took permanent retirement from the Indian Navy, became a businessman and travelled across the world.
  • According to Indian Express report, Kulbhushan Jadhav, a resident of Mumbai’s Hiranandani Gardens, belongs to a family of police officers. Kulbushan was identified as the son of a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, Sudhir Jadhav.
  • In 2002 his uncle Subhash Jadhav was in charge of Bandra Police station, in the same year when Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case was registered in Bandra Police Station.
  • According to Firstpost report, Kulbhushan Jadhav had three properties in Mumbai under his alias name Hussain Mubarak Patel. He also used to stay in Delisle Road for some years, and had a house in Powai which was shut for a year since Jadhav was jailed in Pakistan.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, over illegal entry in Pakistan. Pakistani authourities charged him of terrorism and spying for the Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency (RAW). He was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial.
  • Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti accused Kulbhushan Jadhav of helping terrorists financially and alleged his involvement in Karachi unrest. Jadhav is said to have been arrested after he was caught speaking in Marathi to his family over a mobile phone.
  • After almost a month of Jadhav’s arrest, Pakistani authorities released a video in which he confessed to be working for RAW. But, the Indian External Affairs Ministry declined those charges by saying that the video was doctored and claimed it as fake.
  • According to Pakistan, Jadhav confessed before the court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise subversive activities in Karachi, Balochistan.
  • On Monday, 10 April 2017, Pakistani authorities took a drastic step and sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death. Following is the press release of the Paksitani Authorities on the death sentence.