“I would caution Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” the external affairs minister of India, Sushma Swaraj said today in an identical statement in both Houses of Parliament.
Sushma Swaraj threatened to go “out of way” if Pakistan goes ahead with the death sentence awarded to Kulbushan Yadav. She also warned Pakistan of severe consequences to the bilateral relationship with India.
“There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Jadhav+ . If anything, 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,” Sushma added.
“Under these circumstances, we have no choice but to regard the sentence, if carried out, as an act of pre-meditated murder,”
She said, adding that the sentence by the Pakistani Military Court was based on “concocted charges”
Yadav was sentenced to death on charges of spying and he even confessed on tape that was released by ISPR back in March/April 2016. India maintains that he isn’t a spy but an ex-Navy officer who was doing business in Iran.