The former Navy Commander of the Indian Navy, Kulbhushan Yadav found guilty of terrorism & espionage by a Pakistani Military Court has issued capital punishment against him. The sentence has once again proved, Pakistan’s shenanigan & its nefarious practice of fomenting a cross border tension. Indian media & politicians have stormed into criticism against Pakistan’s policy with External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj vehemently condemning the act as a “premeditated murder”. She has sent a clear message in the Parliament that India will seek no leeway in exercising its power against Pakistan if this decision is not revoked. The Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has replied to this statement by saying that Pakistan is always prepared for action against any intolerable activity.
Kulbhushan Yadav, an Indian national formerly serving the Naval Forces was involved in his personal business in Iran under the alias of Hussain Mubarak Patel. He was nabbed by the Pakistani forces when he allegedly tried to cross the Pakistan-Afghanistan border of Chaman in Balochistan. The video footage of Yadav, released by Pakistan where he is seen making a confession that he was an undercover agent working closely with R&AW in spying & intelligence gathering seemed farcical to the Indian Govt. Bhushan was also found carrying an Indian passport. The question arises why would a secret agent carry a passport of the Indian Govt. when his sole intention was to conceal his identity? The Indian media & the political circle questioned Pakistan against the credibility of its judgement as Bhushan was not given a fair trial. Moreover the lack of sufficient evidence against him raises questions on his culpability. Mr Sartaz Aziz, PM’s chief advisor of external affairs has said to have made a remark that lack of evidence is delaying a dossier against Yadav.
The process of unfair proceeding in a kangaroo court and the imposition of death sentence, goes on to prove that Pakistan is apparently in a rush to answer back India after the recent surgical strikes. The only choice left for Bhushan is to appeal against the order or if India willingly chooses to pursue the matter in the International Court. But the chances of an optimistic fructuous outcome at this point seems bleak, as the victim is in the hands of Pakistan & it has a fair chance of playing around with the subject in order to antagonize India. The message from the Indian side should be loud & clear – “If you play foul, be prepared to face its consequences in the most unexpected form.”