New Delhi, April 12: Days after sentencing Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Pakistan Army has taken the custody of alleged gangster Uzair Baloch on charges of espionage. The Pakistani media has reported that Baloch may have helped Jadhav. A Geo TV report says that Baloch was in contact with Kulbhushan Jadhav. Director-General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor confirmed on Twitter that the Pakistan Army has taken the custody of Baloch for leaking “sensitive security information to foreign intelligence agencies.” Geo TV also quotes reports as saying that Baloch was in touch with Indian and Iranian intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, India has warned Pakistan of consequences of sentencing Jadhav to death, on the two countries’ bilateral ties. India has said that it will go out of the way to help Jadhav and get him back to the country. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav in Parliament saying, “This is an act of premeditated murder, we are in touch with Jadhav kin. We will save him at any cost, Position is very clear, there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Sushma said on Tuesday. Claiming that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Jadhav, the External Affairs Minister told the House, “We will go out of the way to save him, he is India’s son and to save India’s son, forget about hiring a good lawyer, we will escalate the matter to the President.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also lashed out at Pakistan and questioned as to how Jadhav could have been a spy when he had a valid Indian passport. “Pakistan says Kulbhushan was found with an Indian passport. If he had an Indian passport, then how can he be a spy. That only means that he is an Indian national who was abducted by Pakistan’s intelligence group (from Iran),” Singh said. “I assure everyone, Kulbhushan is an innocent man. We will take all necessary step to provide him justice. We will bring him back to India,” he added.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s political establishment stands by the judgment of Field General Court Martial (FGCM), which awarded death penalty to Kulbhushan. The military court, established under Pakistan Army Act (PAA), convicted Kulbhushan under section 9 of Official Secrets Act, 1923. He has been charged with “fuelling secessionist campaign and subversive activities in Balochistan and Sindh.” While Pakistan claims Jadhav is a RAW agent, India maintains that he retired from the Indian Navy in 2002.