India starts mobilizing Missions, expatriates for release of Kulbhushan

April 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (INP):  India has mobilized its diplomats and expatriates in different countries particularly in the US and European Union for pressure on Pakistan for the release of RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The Indian-American community in United States has launched a petition seeking the administration’s intervention in the Kulbhushan Jadhav row. The petition, created by someone named SS on April 14, argues that the espionage charges, based on which a Pakistan military court had given Jadhav the death sentence, are “false and baseless”.

The petition requires at least 100,000 signatures before May 14 to be considered by the administration. As of Friday afternoon, there were 2,119 signatures. “I humbly request appropriate and capable authorities to intervene in the matter and make sure that Jadhav doesn’t get punished for the act which he never committed,” reads the petition.

The petitioner also points out that Pakistan has denied India consular access to Jadhav. “It clearly proves the point that the charges over which death sentence is awarded to Jadhav are false and fabricated,” says the petition.

New Delhi has maintained that it will treat Jadhav’s sentencing as murder if Islamabad goes ahead with the execution.