India’s berserk reaction

THE way India reacted to announcement of capital punishment to RAW agent Kulbushan Yadav through an internationally accepted legal process in Pakistan is not only yet another manifestation of New Delhi’s headstrong attitude and treating smaller countries and their security and sovereignty with contempt but also amounts to acknowledgement of Yadav’s real identity and deeds. Speaking in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said New Delhi would go ‘out of the way’ to save the sentenced spy. She also alleged that the execution would amount to ‘premeditated murder’, prompting Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif to retort that the due process of law was followed during the trial.
The terminology used by the Indian Minister is nothing but a naked threat to Pakistan and this is in line with New Delhi’s track record of trying to intimidate its neighbours especially Pakistan and dictate its terms. It was the same mentality that spoke about hot pursuit and surgical strikes but ended in humiliation and embarrassment for Indian establishment and government. India must bear in mind that as long as it does not talk to Pakistan on the basis of sovereign equality, there can’t be lasting peace in the region and tension between the two nuclear armed neighbours would continue. Pakistan is capable of responding to all of India’s moves on any front as far as issue of death penalty to an agent responsible for acts of sabotage and espionage is concerned. Yadav confessed before the trial court that “he was tasked to plan, coordinate and organise espionage /sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding Law Enforcement Agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi.” And all this is video-taped but in spite of all this India has the audacity to claim that its spy was innocent. Even Indian experts point out that court martial trial procedure is well laid out under the Pakistan Military Act of 1952 and in turn it is derived from British military laws and is consistent with international practices. In this backdrop, India has no locus standi to claim innocence for a man who was actively involved in acts of sabotage in Pakistan and was caught red-handed. Therefore, government must not succumb to India’s pressure tactics as Indian reaction shows Kulbushan was not acting as an individual but had entire RAW system at his back.

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