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India knows why Pakistan sentenced Jadhav to death, says envoy Basit

Updated Apr 13, 2017 12:48pm


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Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit defended the death sentence given to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Field General Court Martial, saying he received a fair trial, the details of which could not be made public, but the Indian government was aware of "what [Pakistan] is talking about".

In an interview with India Today on Wednesday, Basit said Jadhav was "not an ordinary man. He was a serving [Indian navy] officer," which is why he was tried in a military court "as so many other Pakistanis have been tried before [him]".

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, in a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

The charges he faced included spying for India, working against Pakistan’s integrity, sponsoring terrorism in the country and attempting to destabilise the state.

Also read: India will go out of its way to save Jadhav from death row: Swaraj

Defending Jadhav's sentencing, the envoy to India said that Pakistan has "arrested hundreds of operatives and foot soldiers on the basis of information provided by Jadhav" ever since his arrest.

When asked why was India not allowed consular access to Jadhav despite regulations under international law, Basit said that consular access is not "automatic", especially for matters that are "sensitive and related to security".

"Consular access is not provided across the board, let us remember that," he maintained.

"We must understand Commander Jadhav had been visiting Pakistan since 2003 on an original, genuine Indian passport under the fake name of Mubarak Hussain Patel. It is for you to tell us why he was travelling under a fake name with an original Indian passport," the envoy said.

While drawing a parallel between Jadhav's trial and the trial of Ajmal Kassab — whom India indicted and hanged over the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Basit said: "My advice to you would be that please do not mix apples with oranges lest you draw convoluted conclusions."

He said Pakistan cannot be blamed "if the trial in the Mumbai attacks had not been fast [enough]".

Basit further said that Pakistan first submitted a dossier on Jadhav to the United Nations Secretary-General in September 2016. "That was our initial dossier and we have been able to gather more evidence [since then]," he added.

"Now that [Jadhav] has been convicted, he would have the right to appeal. If his verdict is upheld by the appellate court, then he would ultimately have the right to a [mercy] petition," the envoy confirmed, adding that Jadhav was provided a defence counsel and that his trial was conducted according to the relevant laws, the Pakistan Army Act of 1952, in the country.


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Shahid Apr 13, 2017 12:21am

Bravo, Mr. Abdul Basit!

Kahloon Apr 13, 2017 12:35am

He is right. Indians are given a right man to answer their queries.

Baba Bandook Apr 13, 2017 12:54am

We trust in your capabilities Mr Basit. You are the right man for the right job at the right place. Jadhav is not an ordinary operative who just spied for information. He has the blood of hundreds and thousands of innocent Pakistani civilians on his hand and he will soon meet with his fate.

Mohit(US) Apr 13, 2017 12:56am

Mr Basit, care to share under which circumstances consular access can be denied?

adnan Apr 13, 2017 01:10am

I wish our Politicians were as articulate as Mr Basit.

DIL Apr 13, 2017 01:13am

Indians do not have any solid ground to present their case except complaining about it . Good work commissioner !

Good guy... Apr 13, 2017 01:21am

He's a legend... one of the few patriots who can nail India..

Wondering minds Apr 13, 2017 01:24am

Let's say if India is correct and he wasn't a spy, I am still wondering why did he have a fake name on an authentic Indian passport? Any Indian friend want to answer this?

Ram Parsad Apr 13, 2017 01:24am

we as Indians never accept the truth, our media is telling us a different picture.

MALIK Apr 13, 2017 01:28am

He was arrested soon after entering the borders of Pakistan--so how come he was involved in espionage. Did they find his network, collaborators? At the most, he entered the borders without a valid visa. Now, never heard of intelligence folks who keeps their employment card with a photo in their wallet?

Iqbal Zaman Apr 13, 2017 01:35am

Well done sir

sfomann Apr 13, 2017 01:51am

I say that we remove the death penalty and put him in jail for life, for the sake of peace and friendship. I am also aware that India is not really interested in friendship with us but we need to get out of this cycle of causing harm in each other country. I also say that we solve the Kashmir problem once and for all and get on with the betterment of our countries. It cannot go on like this forever.

TaUSIF KHAN Apr 13, 2017 01:55am

Mr. Abdul Basit is the perfect man for the job.

Perfect answer to the Indian.

The Indian media twists facts and present their own version of things. All the time. Very DISHONEST.

They want one treatment for Kasab and another treatment for Jadhav.

Next we should get hold of their NSA, Mr. Ajith Doval and give him the same treatment. He has stated openly in Indian media that he was also doing same terror activities when he was stationed in Pakistan for a very long time.

Ramesh K Sharma Apr 13, 2017 01:55am

What else this poor man say. This is an expected answer. I am sure if you ask any diplomat he or she will defend his/her nation's position. No need to celebrate or be upset with it. I am sure an Indian diplomat in similar situation would have done same.

AW Apr 13, 2017 02:28am

High commissioner's statement makes sense. If he was legitimate why was he traveling on a passport with a fake name?? Anyway, If the Pakistani and the Indian governments both know the facts, why not make them public?

Pak Zindabad Apr 13, 2017 02:55am

To my neighbours, try explaining how he was able to provide information on other terriorists and why he travelled under a different name to Pakistan? A diplomtic resolution could have been reached if he was only working as a spy but he was clearly invovled in terroirst activities so death penalty is apt.

Kabir Apr 13, 2017 03:30am

Never thought that an 'undercover' spy can have influence on 100's of operatives. Was he an underworld don?

S. A. M. Apr 13, 2017 03:43am

that's a logical answer based on facts and presents a more holistic view of Pakistan Undia fiasco

KJ Apr 13, 2017 04:12am

"... saying he received a fair trial, the details of which could not be made public but the Indian government was aware of "what [Pakistan] is talking about".

How is India supposed to know what happened at the trial, and whether the trial was fair or not, if the whole thing was done in secrecy?

Mohajir Apr 13, 2017 05:03am

Denial of Consular access to a foreign national is violation of international norm, Abdul Basit should at least know that

Om Apr 13, 2017 05:06am

Is he the spokesman for government of India to know what Indians know

Flybouy Apr 13, 2017 05:44am

If he has given so much information that you caught hundreds of operatives then why kill him?

Mahen Apr 13, 2017 05:49am

And we all know why details of the trail or ANY EVIDENCE resented in court will NOT be made public- not rocket science

Syed Apr 13, 2017 06:01am

What a response Mr. Abdul Basit. Kudos!

syed Apr 13, 2017 06:46am

one of the best person for the job

Alibaba Apr 13, 2017 07:28am

A sham trial.

Kalpa Apr 13, 2017 07:58am

India does not know, can Pakistan give any evidence?

Good guy... Apr 13, 2017 08:00am

@Ram Parsad hats off if you can see the truth.

Concerned Apr 13, 2017 08:06am

Abducted from Iran. And given life sentence in in close room after admitted that there is not a single proof against the bussinessman

Kkl Apr 13, 2017 08:19am

Mr did not do court trial of media condemned your one sided conviction. You have no proofs against him that he was involved. And I challenge you have no proofs of these 100 and 1000 foot soldiers as you claiming.But trust this will surely open another "can of worms" between the relationships of two countries, Indians will never take it easily.

Raj Apr 13, 2017 08:20am

Why hidden trail done ln absence of media.

Ch. K. A. Nye Apr 13, 2017 08:23am

Wow... "...arrested hundreds of operatives and foot soldiers..."

Usually our politicians are in a hurry to publicise and take credit for this sort of thing. How come there hasn't been any sort of announcements except this latest revelation.

ObServer Apr 13, 2017 08:32am

@adnan You should read 'Delusions of Grandeur' by Hussain Haqqani.

am Apr 13, 2017 08:40am

Let's see what happens! I can assure you that Pakistan can do nothing in this case.

MSP Apr 13, 2017 08:49am


Very easy to convince Pakistan's general public. But Editorials in the press say something more than what meets eyes. This is just an iceberg. More will unfold before you arrive at the logical end.

Govind Apr 13, 2017 08:52am

Have seen the interview on TV . It still fails to answer many questions . Clearly there is something to hide

MUHAMMAD FAHEEM KHAN Apr 13, 2017 08:59am

@Mohit(US) When state sees it as fit. In this case, Kalboshan was spy and spies are taught how to talk in code words in such scenario which is a major reason why Pakistan did not allowed it.

MUHAMMAD FAHEEM KHAN Apr 13, 2017 09:00am

@Kalpa India may not but Indian gov does

mujtaba Apr 13, 2017 09:12am

Only one question from Indians .. Why he was travelling under a fake name with an original passport?

Praphul Apr 13, 2017 09:12am

there is no concrete evidence on him yet. Go ahead all world is watching you.

JKhan Apr 13, 2017 09:17am

Mr Basit deserves to be our Foreign Minister.

skumar Apr 13, 2017 09:18am

Only making statements without evidence

Aus Apr 13, 2017 09:20am

Top notch replies by top notch envoy.Mr. Basit deserved FO Spokesperson slot instead of Ms. Tehmina Janjua, but he was ignored yet again.

Khalid Apr 13, 2017 09:26am

@Kalpa India knows why Pakistan sentenced Jadhav to death, says envoy Basit.

hS Apr 13, 2017 09:32am

@Raj due to sensitive nature such cases are not made public.

PakSal Apr 13, 2017 09:34am

@Mohit(US) Google it.

Muhammad shoaib Apr 13, 2017 09:34am

@Ram Parsad dear brother Hindustan Times already told the truth.

John Delle Apr 13, 2017 09:35am

The High Commissioner is giving his election speech for his commission and a good posting.

anurag Apr 13, 2017 09:36am

If the case is so watertight why doesn't Pakistan make the evidence public!!! That will solve the problem.

PakSal Apr 13, 2017 09:36am

@skumar Evidence ... you just need to open you eyes and ears and you'd see them, otherwise not.

Saulat Abbas Apr 13, 2017 09:41am

Good Work ..

AH Apr 13, 2017 09:49am

Why isn't Ishaq Dar's confession taken this seriously?

skumar Apr 13, 2017 09:54am

@PakSal - can you pinpoint involvement in which particular incident/act ..

Muhammad Saleem Apr 13, 2017 09:54am

@Ram Parsad

That's precisely why India doesn’t have friendly relations with any of its neighboring countries. The Indian government is not nearly as truthful about regional events as it needs to be. It is willing to help Bangladesh with billions of dollars in an exploited and coercive defense agreement, but the people of Bangladesh in general and their army in particular are against such an agreement because Bangladesh doesn’t face any external threat; India does. India is following similar policy in the troubled Afghanistan as well. India must realize that it’s not going to be able to climb high enough on the development ladder without having some degree of normal and peaceful working relationship with Pakistan. Pakistan has always shown its willingness to do so. The Kashmir dispute is at the center of it all. You cannot be keeping that brushed aside.

Farrukh Arshad Apr 13, 2017 09:55am

@Ram Parsad So brave of you to accept that.

Majid Apr 13, 2017 10:13am

He was arrested in Pakistan's territory, right?

jian afreed Apr 13, 2017 10:14am

What is he doing being ambassador to India?

SID Apr 13, 2017 10:17am

One simple question " If he is indeed a spy , why would he travel with his original passport & a fake name at the same time during his mission " ?

And Pakistan claim he is high level intelligence officer. Does high level intelligence officer carry their original passport along with a fake name at the same time ??

divesh Apr 13, 2017 10:17am

"Hundreds of operatives have been captured based on Kulbhushan's confessions.." Wow! He must be a real James Bond, a one-man army!

satt Apr 13, 2017 10:21am

Pakistani government also know what India government is talking about and what Indian government can do.

Khalid Mansoor Apr 13, 2017 10:21am

Original passport with fake name are not sufficient reason........

Waqas Apr 13, 2017 10:22am

Indians first ask your government for "Surgical Strike proof"

Tariq Apr 13, 2017 10:23am

Ambassador Basit is right that let's not mix apples and oranges.

rashid Apr 13, 2017 10:25am

Why it cant be made public.

Tariq Apr 13, 2017 10:26am

@anurag, my friend problem has been solved already.

Fazia Apr 13, 2017 10:34am

Col Habib missing on India-Nepal border is the reason.

Arif Apr 13, 2017 10:44am

Just saw the interview. Hate to say but resolve Kashmir as soon as possible. Sub continent is tired of this endless fighting.

Tee Apr 13, 2017 10:46am

Many people asking if he was spy why he was carrying original passport n all... Well spying do not have standard operating procedures that spy can't carry original passport or identity there are many tactics which agencies used to get things done, on which mission he was may be needed to carry original passport with fake name it depends on mission what it requires...

Fahad ADNAN Apr 13, 2017 10:49am

@Ram Parsad Bravo...

Tayyab Apr 13, 2017 10:53am

What a through bureaucrat Mr. Basit is, Salutes to your genuineness and bravery .

Harsh Apr 13, 2017 10:54am

Y a spy will carry an original passport, someone from my Pakistani friend will explain?

DK PAMNANI - INDIA Apr 13, 2017 10:55am

Mr. Basit to tell the people of India what Indian Government knows.

Mahen Apr 13, 2017 11:01am

Mr Basit- If this guy was caught in Pakistan- how came you havent found his house where he was living?

Gulfam Nawaz Apr 13, 2017 11:02am

@Mohit(US) On national security grounds

chan Apr 13, 2017 11:09am

@Pak Zindabad where the information he shared on others, pls ask ur govt to make them public. International community will not get convince on what you say.

Mahen Apr 13, 2017 11:10am

Mr Basit show the world the evidence that convicted this spy and be proud. No evidence- no show! period!

sial Apr 13, 2017 11:21am

he speaks truth, no matter where he is...

DK PAMNANI - INDIA Apr 13, 2017 11:36am


Yes. Good query. Pakistani authorities will not be able to answer this.

ANIL SAHU Apr 13, 2017 11:43am

so why in military court not civilian court. you cant fool everybody.

Salman Ahmad Apr 13, 2017 11:59am

@Mohit(US) Under these or similar circumstances, where the issue at hand is a major threat to a country's national security. Who knows how much confidential/valuable information, data etc have already been compromised?

real Indian Apr 13, 2017 12:00pm

I guess Pakistan will know why when India reacts.

apakmuslim Apr 13, 2017 12:03pm

Did Mr Basit's job description change ?

Raja Apr 13, 2017 12:05pm

Let Pakistanis live in their own world with their own delusions. No body really cares

YPS Apr 13, 2017 12:08pm

Yes he is a spy. Accepted But what were the charges against him. And more important what was his defense. Could he choose a layer ? Why no access to media/Indian embassy. What is their to hide.

Hassan Apr 13, 2017 12:17pm

@Mohit(US) Its classified

Ajay Apr 13, 2017 12:18pm

let the whole world know It. Why so much secrecy if you have evidence !!

Muhammad Usman Apr 13, 2017 12:23pm

Makes a lot of sense

Peshawar Apr 13, 2017 12:26pm

Abdul Basit is one of talented man . I always support him, I wish Hussain Haqqani could also follow his foot steps to defend mother land.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 13, 2017 12:28pm

He is 100 percent right.

Dunch Apr 13, 2017 12:31pm

Spy vs Spy....Let the games begin!!!

Fabrizio Giardina Papa Apr 13, 2017 12:36pm

Government should be more transparent

Namo Apr 13, 2017 12:42pm

@TaUSIF KHAN you can't even catch a fly and you are talking rubbish about catching our NSA.

Namo Apr 13, 2017 12:43pm

@YPS the problem is they don't have an answer.

Karm Apr 13, 2017 12:48pm

What he's saying is the government knows but public is being led to believe something else. This happens all the time, same as the Pak government and establishment know about the surgical strikes but the public has been led to believe otherwise as its detrimental to the nation.

adventurer Apr 13, 2017 12:58pm

Why not reveal the truth if it has been proved and close the chapter.

sky Apr 13, 2017 01:00pm

@Kabir And a spy with such a critical vast information is so weak and cooperative one to give out all the information, without any bargain. He is getting life sentence afterall.

faisal Apr 13, 2017 01:05pm

Welldone Mr. Basit. Right answer

saudagar Apr 13, 2017 01:06pm

This is being done to drag india onto discussion table ,as india was ignoring and it hurts we know !

DK PAMNANI - INDIA Apr 13, 2017 01:08pm

It is like a cricket match. Pakistani scored 1 - India will score 10

Anon Apr 13, 2017 01:10pm

@Khalid Well, India says he was not a spy and that he was abducted and framed.

Anon Apr 13, 2017 01:12pm

@SID Exactly, doesn't make sense.

tamza Apr 13, 2017 01:16pm

@Ajay spy trials are often secret

tamza Apr 13, 2017 01:17pm

@ANIL SAHU Genius - it is a 'national security' matter!

Rima Apr 13, 2017 01:18pm

@saudagar. Actually no, wait and see there will be no effect on the discussion front, you will also see that the sentence will not be carried out. If there indeed was any solid evidence, it would have been advertised worldwide by now as infact that would be much more beneficial to Pakistan than this sentence. This sentence actually asks many questions, where as the evidence would actually prove to the world pakistans rhetoric on Indian interference. Think about it!

haider Apr 13, 2017 01:23pm

Indians really embarrased by all this.

MUMBAI MAN Apr 13, 2017 01:29pm

@haider That's what you feel....look around the world and see who is embarrassed!!!

peace and peace talks Apr 13, 2017 01:32pm

People of India and Pakistan want peace and both governments should work towards peace and peace talks.

Sid Apr 13, 2017 01:38pm

All the Indians asking for proof... in the world of espionage, proofs are kept secret to protect your own sources...

Why don't you think the US publishes all its evidence against Assad using chemical weapons ... because if it did it would compromise their own sources who provide them with the information...

It's pretty clear he was a spy... India should concentrate on doing a deal with Pakistan to get him back - that's a win win for both sides

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 13, 2017 01:44pm

@DK PAMNANI - INDIA Sad you think like this dost, I'm telling you this will cause more hate and score 10 human lives is something not to be proud off, we must learn to distinguish human lives as not Pakistani or Indian.

Love you India so much but just don't like this proxy wars between us brothers no one will win even big brother India will loose if Pakistan loose after all we live together in a house. Vasudhaiva kutumbakam! Maha Upanishad correctly stated this long time ago, when will we learn.

difficult Apr 13, 2017 01:46pm

Why is it so difficult for India and Pakistan to be friends?

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 13, 2017 01:47pm

@saudagar it hurts everyone who love humanity.

Kya yaar kab tak? Uff we are so silly it's almost childish behavior by Hindutava/Jihadis who run the governments.

Mahen Apr 13, 2017 01:56pm

@haider And Pakistanis must be proud by all this particularly when no evidence is presented

Debadutta Singh Apr 13, 2017 01:57pm

@Wondering minds, How did you know that it was a authentic passport. Fake passports are easier to make than fake currency notes. Why can't he carry a fake passport with a fake name? Also no country would kill somebody for carrying a original passport with a fake name, even if we assume that your argument is true.

AQ Apr 13, 2017 02:03pm

@MALIK You have not been following all the facts about him, not even what Basit told to indian media here. You are asking questions that already been answered. Please read first then ask.

AQ Apr 13, 2017 02:05pm

@mujtaba "We must understand Commander Jadhav had been visiting Pakistan since 2003 on an original, genuine Indian passport under a fake name of Mubarak Hussain Patel. It is for you to tell us why he was travelling under a fake name with an original Indian passport," the envoy said.

Dude, do you even read? or understand ?

Mahi Apr 13, 2017 02:17pm

Its very clear that there isnt any concrete evidence, if there was it would have been shared with the world by now. The evidence would only prove what Pakistan says on India. Advertising the proof would be beneficial, Hiding it doesnt make sense.

R.Kannan Apr 13, 2017 02:31pm

@Wondering minds What is the basis for saying his passport is authentic ? His photo has been identified by his family members and based on that India said he is retired Naval officer. An Indian passport is issued for max 10 years. If he was suing that passport in 2003, how was it valid in 2016?

Romm Apr 13, 2017 02:34pm

@MSP Fake name on Original Passport is undeniable Evidence..

Mahen Apr 13, 2017 02:45pm

@Romm undeniable evidence ? to what?

SID Apr 13, 2017 02:46pm

A high level alleged indian spy who has directly linked with boss of RAW carries his Indian passport during field operation . What ? Was he on a road trip where traffic police might ask him for his identification proof ??

Second a retired Pakistani army official goes for a job search on Indo-Nepal border ? How one can just take a flight from Pakistan - Oman -Nepal & a 300 km road journey without verifying the job offer and that too on India border where relation between two country is really at rock bottom.

Mahen Apr 13, 2017 02:51pm

@Romm Just provide evidence Jadhav took part in ANY terrorism act. period

SID Apr 13, 2017 03:20pm

@Romm Why a high level intelligence officer will carry his original passport on a foreign territory where his nature of job prevents him from declaring his nationality ??

Waaris Apr 13, 2017 03:22pm

@Mohit(US) " to share under which circumstances consular access?..." well sir, any country civilised or uncivilised can and will give security reasons for not sharing the sensitive information. A glaring example is Guantanamo!!

Shaukat Apr 13, 2017 03:24pm

@Mohajir , not when you are involved in terrorism, killings, and espionage to destabilize the country.

People's will Apr 13, 2017 03:30pm

Pakistan must learn how the spies were dealt with by the superpowers during cold war.

Perspective Apr 13, 2017 03:31pm

@Mohit(US) Would you care to ask from your gov; why Yadav was traveling on a passport with a fake name since 2003???

Perspective Apr 13, 2017 03:33pm

@Mohajir not under this circumstances BTW would care to ask from your gov; why was he traveling on a passport with a fake name since 2003??

Mahen Apr 13, 2017 03:35pm

@ Shaukat ANY evidence -- " involved in terrorism, killings, and espionage to destabilize the country."

Khwarizmi Apr 13, 2017 03:41pm

@Mohit(US) Of course counsularbaccess will not be granted for a terrorist who killed thousands of people on the order of the Indian government it self.

Perspective Apr 13, 2017 03:42pm

@Praphul ALL WORLD!!! oh i forgot your world starts and end in India...

Shahzad Ikhlaq Apr 13, 2017 03:51pm

@SID He WASN'T carrying his original passport, he was carrying a passport with FAKE identity, hope this clarifies your query.

IMRAN Apr 13, 2017 03:56pm

@MALIK you may be interested reading the complete article again as it states he had been traveling to Pakistan on fake passport since 2003.

I thought Indian government's initial denials of accepting him as their Citizen made his loyalty change thus he started cooperating with Pakistan agencies. This perhaps, made investigation very quick and easy for Pakistan.

Just thinking out of box, change his verdict to life imprisonment as he can be source of valuable information in future!

Amjid Apr 13, 2017 03:58pm

@Mohit(US) . There is no accord between Pakistan and Indian to give counselor access

Amjid Apr 13, 2017 04:00pm

@Kabir . What you think, he make all terrorism alone.

DK PAMNANI - INDIA Apr 13, 2017 04:01pm


Dear, Thanks for your thinking. I appreciate your words you have written. Thanks.

Ka Apr 13, 2017 04:03pm

His performance as an ambassador was absolutely good for nothing. He has wasted his time as well as other's.

Tripathy Apr 13, 2017 04:41pm

@Muhammad Saleem Instead of Preaching to India Pakistan should learn from all weather friend China on how to live peacefully & do business . China is India's largest business partner despite a host of border disputes .Only difference is both countries do not want to solve the issue by military means .

Concerned Pakistani Apr 13, 2017 04:43pm

@Mahen " Basit further said that Pakistan first submitted a dossier on Jadhav to the United Nations Secretary-General in September 2016." Go get the dossier from UN you will get the evidence. Why no reply on dossier from India??

Iftikhar Husain Apr 13, 2017 04:43pm

Indian government thinks that they can get away this time it will be not possible because there is enough evidence against this spy. Mr Basit in right to point out this in his statement.

lotec Apr 13, 2017 04:44pm

@Shahid yes you are right sir. That is one bravo, Mr Abdul Bassat; High commissioner; Indeed.

Praphul Apr 13, 2017 04:46pm

@Perspective World is the earth, together with all of its countries and peoples.

deedee Apr 13, 2017 04:48pm

Being Pakistan's High Commissioner to India must not be an easy job. Well done to Mr Basit for handing the situation so well.

Aks Apr 13, 2017 05:10pm

All general comments. Nothing specific, who were caught on the basis of information provided by Jadhav? What is the exact crime he has committed.

Justice Apr 13, 2017 05:18pm

If Pakistan is genuinely a rule of law state, then it should allow access and proof to the indian government and his family. Looks like Pakistan has a long way to go as a democracy. Trying to get one up in the publics eye should not be the way countries are run. But retributions from both sides are going to be notched up.

AnirBAN Apr 13, 2017 05:38pm

@deedee How has he handed so well? His statements lack genuineness.

Arif Apr 13, 2017 06:28pm

"We must understand Commander Jadhav had been visiting Pakistan since 2003 on an original, genuine Indian passport under the fake name of Mubarak Hussain Patel."

So we now have an official statement that Jadhav was using this original, genuine Indian passport under a fake name to visit Pakistan since 2003.

This statement by the envoy implies that Jadhav had a valid Pakistani visa stamped on his Indian passport and he was visiting through valid ports of entry with immigration controls since 2003? Unless this was the case, there would be absolutely no record of Jadhav using this particular passport to enter Pakistan.

Aamer Apr 13, 2017 06:38pm

@Fazia Col Habib went missing recently Kalbhosan was arrested long time ago

SID Apr 13, 2017 07:28pm

@Shahzad Ikhlaq And the passport says he is an Indian .. great !!

No intelligence officer will ever carry his own national proof in a mission .

Indian Apr 14, 2017 09:19am

@mujtaba ............. reply if Dawn allows it. ........... He may have obtained an Indian Passport with MUSLIM NAME as it may be of some assistance while doing business in ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of IRAN. ................... It would extremely FOOLISH for an Indian SPY to enter Baluchistan with Valid Indian Passport, even if with Fake Name as Pak intelligence Agencies would be closly watching all activities of any Indian in Baluchistan due to pak insistence of Indian involvement in Baluchistan Violence.

Bhola Bhala Apr 14, 2017 09:24am

How will India know? Did you share the information with them Mr. Basit?

Raj KUMAR Apr 14, 2017 10:42am

@Muhammad Saleem that may be yr view,incidentally there are 2 neighbours who are close to each other(1 patron and 1 client state) in this region and who have fight with every of their neighbours.

SAM Apr 14, 2017 12:05pm

@Ram Parsad wish others also understand like you so we have no more differences among us.

amin Apr 14, 2017 12:34pm

@real Indian What were you doing uptill now.

amin Apr 14, 2017 12:36pm

@People Which spy caused bomb blast and destruction of property. Yet look up history, just the spies who passed information got punished.

Sam D. Apr 14, 2017 01:02pm

@mujtaba, is travelling on fake passport a crime, which should be punishable with death !?

@ABD Apr 14, 2017 01:06pm

@Wondering minds, Yeah he is spy.India is doing wrong, why don't India go for some secret spy exchange.

SAllu bhai Apr 14, 2017 01:47pm

No Indian has been able to give an answer as to what was he doing in Balochistan mountains? vacationing?

The_Truth Apr 14, 2017 02:50pm

You are absolutely correct Basit sir. Indian can't understand soft languages.

Malik Imran Apr 14, 2017 04:08pm

@Ram Parsad Basic question arises what he was doing in Pakistan? Don't say Pakistan entered India and captured him from there. Even if this is the case then where was your army.

Pakistan is already going through difficult times since 2000 and don't have time to think negatively about neighbors.

Omar khan, dallas, tx Apr 14, 2017 08:37pm

@Mohit(US) According to Geneva Convention, Spies and Saboteurs do not enjoy the same amnesty as the POW(prisoners of war). Since Spies work Covertly, they are not covered under regular war tribunal laws. So it is up to the discretion of host Government if they allow the counselor access. India simply can't demand that as Jadhav's right. Your man got caught inciting hate and violence, it is only appropriate that he should punish for this.

Monsieur Apr 14, 2017 08:59pm

@Wondering minds ..... if true, why has he been denied consular access ?????

nikhil Apr 14, 2017 09:00pm

let us take it for granted that he was an Indian spy , but I do not understand why consular acess has been denied .

What is that they fear he will tell to the consul

nikhil Apr 14, 2017 09:09pm

let us take it for granted that he was an Indian spy , but I do not understand why consular acess has been denied .

What is that they fear he will tell to the consul

Adil jadoon Apr 14, 2017 11:33pm

@Ram Parsad What else do you expect??

Anniyah Apr 15, 2017 01:54pm

Well done Mr Abdul Basit!

Shakil Apr 15, 2017 06:04pm

@MALIK Kalbhoshan was not arrested randomly. He was under intelligence radar since long time. He used to visit since 2003. He was arrested after a decision made by Gen. Raheel. Another news is that he came under search when he used to talk in his native language in India during Pakistan visit cum field operation. India's minister Shasma's statement also revealed his actuality. Let this case be handeled until its real fate.

Iqbalsh Apr 15, 2017 06:34pm

@Debadutta Singh do you act stupid as a hobby? In the interview Basit gave to India Times he asks them a simple question: Jhadhav has travelled to Pakistan on many occasions SINCE 2003, travelling with an original (authentic) Indian passport, supposedly issued by Indian authorities. However the name in the passport is not Jhadav but Hussain Patel. So a) why would an individual do this? and b) why would the Indian authorities issue the passport to Jhadav with the name Hussain Patel on it? Questions for India to answer, but Indian media will not ask these questions of the authority.