‘Indian spy’ Jadhav to face trial on terrorism and sabotage charges: Report

Islamabad: Kulbhushan Jadhav, the ‘Indian spy’ who was arrested and sentenced to death last year for spying, will now undergo trial on terrorism and sabotage charges, reported the Dawn. 

The official explained that Jadhav has multiple cases against him in which he had been indicted on terror- and sabotage-related charges. The cases were progressing, he said, emphasizing the one relating to spying had only concluded.

Jadhav was captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan. He was in April last year sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) after being found guilty of espionage under Section 59 of the Pakistan Army Act (PAA), 1952, and Section 3 of the Official Secrets Act of 1923.

His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military app­ellate court and his mercy petition is lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.

About the access to 13 Indian officials, The Dawn reported that multiple requests had been made to India.

The report further added that a  source in New Delhi, meanwhile, disclosed that the officials whom Pakistan wanted to access included National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and a former RAW chief for their involvement in recruiting and directing Jadhav’s activities. Others that Pakistan wants to access include intelligence operatives, bankers and passport officials.

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