New Delhi: Calling for "stringent action" against Pakistan for awarding death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, firebrand BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said that India should declare Balochistan as an independent country if the Indian national is executed by the neighbouring nation.
If Pakistan hangs Jadhav then India must recognise Balochistan as an independent country, Swamy tweeted this morning.
If Pak hangs Jadhav then India must recognise Balochistan as an independent country
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 11, 2017
Swamy had earlier said that Government of India must warn Pakistan of serious consequences after
it awarded death sentence to Jadhav on suspicion of being a RAW agent.
"We should prepare to take stringent action against Pakistan. Today, we should give warning that consequences would be bad for Pakistan if Jadhav is executed," Swamy had told reporters outside the Parliament.
He said India should discard the "wrong perception" that an India-Pakistan friendship is necessary to have Hindu-Muslim unity in the country.
Swamy comments came in reaction to the Pakistan Army chief approving execution of Jadhav for his "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities" in that country.
Pakistan security officials had "arrested" Jadhav on March 3 last year in Balochistan after he reportedly entered from Iran.
Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
India has acknowledged Jadhav as a retired Indian Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government.