Be ready to face fallout of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentence: Pak Media

BK Web Desk/ Srinagar
April 12, 2017 INTERNATIONAL 213 Views
The death sentence handed out to Indian national+ Kulbhushan Jadhav was described as “unprecedented” by the Pakistani media, with experts weighing in the diplomatic fallout of the move.
A Pakistan military court sentenced Jadhav+ to death after he was convicted of “espionage and sabotage activities”+ .
Military’s media wing said in a statement yesterday that the sentence was passed by a Field General Court Martial and confirmed by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Right-wing English-language newspaper ‘The Nation’ in its front page lead ‘Death to spy spikes tensions’ observed that “a military court on Monday sentenced a high-profile Indian spy to death, ratcheting up longstanding tensions between the nuclear-armed states.”
The paper also quoted political and defence analyst Dr Hassan Askari that the decision to execute Jadhav would “further increase tension between the two countries”.
“The military has given a severe punishment which is according to Pakistani law,” Askari said.
“But we will have to see if Pakistan can sustain the political and diplomatic fallout.”
The Nation is owned by Nawa-i-Qawt group, which is traditionally aligned to Pakistani establishment and is known for India bashing.
The story was also published by other leading newspapers, mostly focusing on the sentence given to the alleged spy.
The Express Tribune in the front page headline ‘Self- confessed Indian spy awarded death sentence’ termed the decision as “unprecedented”.
It reported that the decision immediately sparked a bitter diplomatic spat between the two “hostile” neighbours.
It further said that Jadhav has been operating in Pakistan disguised as Hussein Mubarak Patel+ .
The influential Dawn newspaper termed the decision as a “rare move” .
The paper said that the development comes at a time when tensions between Pakistan and India are already running high.
It published a full column on what experts feel about the decision.

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