Retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on Monday after being convicted of conducting “subversive activities” for the Indian government in Pakistan.
Jadhav was captured in Mashal, Balochistan on 3 March 2016 in an operation that Pakistan termed as counter intelligence operation. He has been in Pakistan’s custody ever since.
This decision of death sentence has come at a time when relationship between India and Pakistan is running through a rough patch and both are alleging each other of infiltration and sabotage bids.
While Pakistan has claimed that Jadhav is a spy of India’s RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), India has categorically denied the charges. Pakistan claims that Jadhav carried multiple identities and was spying. India acknowledged that Jadhav is an Indian national and a retired Naval officer but denied that he was a spy. India claims that he was a businessman operating out of Iran and may have inadvertently crossed over.
Pakistan also circulated a video wherein Jadhav allegedly confessed to his involvement in sabotage activities. The video is no longer available on YouTube.