Spy row gets murkier as Pakistan arrests three more Indian 'agents'

Jerome Frank
April 17, 2017

A delegation led by the neighbouring country's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) was scheduled to visit Delhi early next week to hold discussion of matters related to fishermen and search and rescue operations.

Pakistan on Friday rejected India's 14th attempt for consular access to alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and maintained the trial sentencing him to death was according to the laws of the country.

The ordinariness of Jadhav's life ended in March previous year when the Pakistan authorities arrested him, on charges of being an Indian spy carrying out terrorist attacks in Balochistan, targeting Pakistan-China interests. India also tried to gain consular access to Jadhav, but were repeatedly denied access by Pakistan.

Pakistan has prepared a new dossier about Indian subversive activities on the basis of recent confessions made by Kulbhushan Jadhav during the trial phase. Senior officials though denied that there is any move by India to delay visas to Pakistani diplomats, as has been reported by some sections of the Pakistan media.

Later, he is said to have recruited Imtiaz and Rashid to work with him "for handsome returns".

India's tough response comes after a military court in Pakistan sentenced Indian naval staff Jadhav to death for alleged espionage.

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Pakistan has collected fresh evidences on Indian involvement inside Pakistan to spread anarchy and militancy, sources stated.

In this photograph taken on March 29, 2016, Pakistani journalists watch a video showing Indian national Kulbhushan Yadav, arrested on suspicion of spying, during a press conference in Islamabad. "So, my first demand was to provide us the details of the chargesheet and copy of the verdict", he said.

Jadhav's death penalty has worsened ties that have been frosty since last year's attack by Pakistani terrorists on an army camp in Kashmir's Uri, in which 19 military personnel were killed. "Till we know what is in the charge-sheet and the verdict, how can we appeal?" Sources here said that the sudden and inexplicable decision to award death sentence to Jadhav meant there couldn't be business as usual at any level with Pakistan.

Aziz listed a several cases of terrorism in which he said Jadhav was involved.

Pakistan's top diplomat was referring to Indian statements that if Pakistan carries out the hanging of Jadhav it would amount to "premeditated murder".

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