LONDON: Indian government is making hectic efforts and lobbying European governments to seek favourable decision in the case of Research & Analyst Wing (RAW) spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Commander Jadhav, a serving officer of the Indian Navy, was sentenced to death in Pakistan on charges of spying after the spy was arrested red-handed on March 3, 2016, in a Pakistani city after entering into Pakistan from Iran.
It has been learnt reliably through diplomatic sources that Indian government officials have met over a dozen European governments on a special mission to win support for its case at the ICJ. The News has learnt that Indian envoys are using their trade relations with these countries to get their support.
The ICJ has ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying. India approached the top UN court after Jadhav was convicted on charges of espionage and sabotage.
Diplomatic sources told that Indian government officials are meeting western diplomats in India as well separately to win support for Jadhav. Indian diplomatic offensive is aimed at ensuring that the ICJ gives a decision in favour of its spy, although Pakistan is not bound by the ICJ’s decision.
Its understood that the Indian High Commission in London and its embassies in Paris and Hague are working overtime to help Jadhav. It has taken help of many British and European parliamentarians as well for the lobbying effort in order to save its asset.
Indian High Commission was approached for comment on the Indian diplomatic effort for its spy but a spokesman refused to comment.
There are proofs available that Indian envoy in Europe and elsewhere are holding these meetings with senior government officials, ministers and diplomats regularly on the issue of Commander Jadhav.
Jadhav, also known as Hussain Mubarak Patel, was found in possession of an Indian passport issued by the Indian government on May 12, 2015, and valid till May 11, 2024, at the time of his arrest.
During interrogation, he confessed that he is an Indian national and served in the Indian navy. He confessed that he was working for the RAW and was tasked to sponsor acts of terror, killings and sabotage in Pakistan and sponsor terrorists working against Pakistan’s national interests.
Pakistan says that spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav has been tried according to the law of the land in a fully transparent manner by the court under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and section 3 of the Official Secret Act of 1923.
During the trial, Jadhav confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by the RAW to plan and coordinate espionage and sabotage activities aimed at destabilising and waging war against Pakistan.
India took the case to the ICJ, which after the oral hearing ruled on May 18, 2017, granted provisional measures halting the execution of commander Jadhav pending a final judgement of the court.
Pakistan, despite a very short notice, appeared before the ICJ and after the intermediate judgement assured the court of its compliance with the provisional measures judgement.
Diplomatic sources told this scribe that India is aware that it has no legal case, therefore, its trying to make the case political and using its economic clout to flout international laws in a brazen manner. Indian judge in the ICJ has been issuing media statements which are completely against the principles of neutrality and impartiality.
A diplomatic source, who is familiar with the moves India is making at the European level, confided that aim of Indian moves is to influence the proceedings at the ICJ through every means possible. This scribe has learnt that Pakistan has highlighted Indian efforts to influence the case the relevant fora, requesting neutrality.
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