No concession to terrorists, Khawaja Asif on Indian spy Jadhav


ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said that Pakistan will extend no concession to those who are working against the country’s stability and spreading terrorism within its territory.

“Whether the enemies come from across the border or within Pakistan, they will receive punishment,” he said while addressing a Senate session.

The defence minister said that the case against Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav has been under way since the last three and a half months.

He was accused of working against the stability of the state of Pakistan, said Asif. He said that all details have been given in Jadhav's confessional statement, which is available on record.

The defence minister said that Kulbhushan has the right to appeal against the death sentence within 60 days.

“It’s not pre-meditated murder, what’s happening in Kashmir is,” he said.

Asif also said that Pakistan will not be a part of any religious or sectarian alliance, referring to the former army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif led 39-nation alliance of Muslim states under Saudi Arabia.            

The defence minister said that Raheel Sharif has not yet applied for a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).

“If a former army officer wants to leave the country after two years, then he can apply for an NOC,” he said, adding that when the former COAS will get the certificate, the House will be informed.

The defence minister said that Pakistan is trying to address the reservations of Iran, adding that the country has centuries-old relations with it.

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Sudan, Malaysia, Egypt, Yemen and other Muslim countries are said to be part of the coalition. The Joint Command Centre, headquarters of the military alliance is located in Riyadh.

Pakistan on Monday sentenced an Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi, the ISPR said.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

India threatens Pakistan of 'consequences'

Indian minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj cautioned Pakistan of “consequences” if it proceeds with the death sentence of Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Swaraj, speaking in the parliament on Jadhav’s death sentence, said India would go to any extent to “save” Jadhav, who she termed a “son of India”.

“I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” she said, as quoted by Indian media.