When Sushma Swaraj called Ghulam Nabi Azad 'bhaijaan', assured Parliament to save Kulbhushan Jadhav - WATCH
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday assured the Parliament that Indian government will go out of the way to save Kulbhushan Jadhav.
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday assured the Parliament that Indian government will go out of the way to save Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Responding to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Parliament, Swaraj called him 'bhaijaan' and assured that she is in touch with the Jadhav's family and will leave no stone unturned to save him.
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Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, appealed to the government to appoint a strong lawyer who can fight Jadhav's case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
"This is a matter of the entire nation. I appeal to the government to appoint a competent lawyer to fight his case in Pakistan's Supreme Court. So that his case is won in the apex court," said Azad.
Also, India warned Pakistan that bilateral ties will be hit if it went ahead with the death sentence awarded to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
"The government and people of India would view very seriously the possibility that an innocent Indian citizen is facing death sentence in Pakistan without due process and in violation of basic norms of law, justice and international relations," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha.
"I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter."
She reiterated India's stand that Jadhav, arrested in March 2016 from the restive Balochistan province and accused of espionage and waging war against Pakistan, has been framed under false charges.
She said Pakistan was doing all that to divert global attention from its activities of sponsoring terrorism in India.
"There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav. He is the victim of a plan that seeks to cast aspersions on India to deflect international attention from Pakistan's well known record of sponsoring and supporting terrorism.
"We have no choice but to regard this sentence if carried out as an act of premeditated murder," the minister said.