Pakistan won’t extradite ‘spy’ Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Aziz

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Mar 2017 07:58:01


By Sajjad Hussain,

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI,

Mar 3,

(PTI)

PAKISTAN on Friday asserted that it will not extradite alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and said that more information on him has been sought from India.Reacting to Pakistan’s assertion, a senior Indian Government official in New Delhi said that Pakistan should follow well-established international practice while dealing with foreign nationals in its custody. The official also rejected allegations against Jadhav as “baseless”.

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, during the Question Hour session in the Senate, said, a case was being prepared to prosecute the alleged Indian spy arrested last year in March. “A list of questions has also been handed over to India to seek more information from them in the light of the statements of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” he said, without elaborating on when the questionnaire was given to New Delhi.

The discussion started when Senator Talha Mehmood asked Aziz whether the government was planning to hand over Jadhav to India like it extradited CIA contractor Raymond Davis in 2011 who had killed two men in Lahore.

Aziz rejected the statement and said the government was not considering any option to extradite the alleged Indian spy back to his country. “We have prepared an FIR and a case is in the process of registration to prosecute (the) Indian state actor for involvement in subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan,” Aziz said.

However, the Indian official said the circumstances of Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan remain unclear, particularly because India has not been provided consular access despite repeated requests.Aziz claimed that the arrested “spy” had “confessed” his involvement in militancy and there was no question of lack of evidence against him.