Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Pak army chief meets Sharif amid tensions with India

- Press Trust of India letters@hindustant­imes.com

army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, two days after a military tribunal sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on charges of spying.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bajwa and Sharif discussed matters pertaining to profession­al preparedne­ss of army, the current security and border situation at their meeting held in Islamabad, Radio Pakistan reported.

General Bajwa also apprised the Prime Minister about the progress made in the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, a terror operation launched by the Pakistan Army to eliminate terrorism. It was the first direct interactio­n between the army chief and the Prime Minister.

The meeting between General Bajwa and Sharif comes two days after the Pakistan’s army chief approved the execution of Jadhav after a military court sentenced him to death for “espionage and sabotage activities”, evoking a sharp reaction from India which warned Islamabad to consider the consequenc­es on bilateral ties if he is hanged.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday made a statement in both the Houses, asserting that India will go “out of way” to ensure justice to Jadhav who is an “innocent kidnapped Indian”.

Jadhav’s execution will be taken by India as a “pre-meditated murder” and Pakistan should consider its consequenc­es on bilateral relations, if it proceeds on this matter, Swaraj warned.

She said the charges against Jadhav, who was doing business in Iran and was kidnapped and taken to Pakistan, are “concocted” and the trial against him was “farcical”, leading to an “indefensib­le verdict”.


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