Coming out as a new twist in Kulbhushan Jadhav case — who was held guilty by the Pakistan Field General Court over alleged espionage charges, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister has claimed that he was offered a proposal to swap Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist who was the mastermind behind 2014 Peshawar school attack which claimed the lives of over 150 people, mostly school children.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has claimed that a ‘National Security Advisor’ proposed him to trade Kulbhushan Jadhav for Peshawar school attack terrorist who is currently jailed in Afghanistan prison.

However, Asif did not disclosed the name of the National Security Advisor, who had proposed him this deal.

Addressing the audience after his speech at the Asia Society in New York, Asif said, “The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav.”

During a conversation, Foreign Minister Asif also highlighted Pakistan’s vision and approach towards regional peace and development.

“Unless the sufferings in Afghanistan are reversed, we would continue to bear the brunt. No country, therefore, has a larger stake in seeing peace and stability return to Afghanistan than Pakistan. Regrettably, the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse,” he said.

A lot has been discussed and debated over Kulbhushan Jadhav, as India is in total denial of the espiobage charges leveled by the Pakistani Court. Both the countries even locked horns at the International Court of Justice over Jadhav’s custody.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is a former Indian Navy officer was arrested in March 2016 from Iran. In April, the Pakistan’s court awarded a death sentence to Jadhav over alleged ‘espionage charges and sabotage activities’ against Pakistan.

After, Pakistan had denied India’s consular access to Jadhav, India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention.

During the hearing at the ICJ on May 18, a 10-member bench of Justices stopped Pakistan from executing Kulbhushan Jadhav. Meanwhile, Pakistan said that it won’t be executing Jadhav till he has exhausted all his mercy appeals.

First Published | 28 September 2017 7:19 AM
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