Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reacted sharply to the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision to stay the hanging of Kulbhushan Jadhav. He believes that Kulbhushan Jadhav is “a bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab”.
Former Pakistan military dictator Pervez Musharraf told Pakistan’s ARY News, that “Kasab was just a pawn but Jadhav was fuelling terrorism and may have killed a number of people in sabotage activities.”
Pervez Musharraf who had appointed himself as the Pakistan’s President, is now facing treason charges in Pakistan for abrogating the constitution in November 2007. Musharraf imposed emergency in 2007 by suspending the constitution in high treason, and according to the constitution in Pakistan and it carries maximum death penalty.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) had two days back stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav pending its decision in a case filed by India. Earlier, last month, a Pakistani military court had sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for alleged espionage and terrorism.
While talking to ARY News, Musharraf also said that he believes that Pakistan should not have even appeared at the ICJ, as Kulbhushan Jadhav case is “a matter of national security.” He further added that, “None has the right to dictate us about our security.”
Musharraf’s comparison doesn’t make sense:
According to Pakistan they arrested Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan last year, while India has alleged that Pakistan had kidnapped the former India naval officer from Iran, where Jadhav had gone to business after his retirement. The Pakistani military court had sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death.
But now, the former President of Pakistan is comparing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case with Ajmal Kasab. Kasab was part was one of ten Pakistanis who carried out the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks, in which more than 100 people were killed. But even after such a heinous crime was done, Kasab was given a fair trial by India, which took as long as four years. After he was sentenced to death Kasab by the Bombay High Court on 21 February 2011, and later he appealed in Supreme Court which also upheld his sentence on 29 August 2012. Kasab was hanged on 21 November 2012 and buried at Yerwada Jail in Pune.
But as compared to Kasab’s fair trail, Kulbhushan Jadhav was not given any chance of appeals, and was sentenced to death within a year.