The death sentence of Kulbhushan Yadav will be a clear message to the world that Pakistan will not compromise on its sovereignty:Analysts
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Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav has been awarded death sentence for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan. Director General of ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said the spy was tried through field general court martial under Pakistan Army Act 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923.He said Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence. FGCM found Kulbhushan Sudhir Yadav guilty of all the charges. He confessed before a Magistrate and the Court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan in Balochistan and Karachi. The accused was provided with defending officer as per legal provisions. Kulbhushan alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3 last year in a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan. On the basis of confessional statement of Kulbhushan, Pakistan had also submitted dossiers with the United Nations over the Indian involvement in sabotage activities in the country.
INFLAMMATORY STATEMENTS FROM INDIA AND RHETORIC ABOUT “PRE-MEDITATED MURDER” AND “UNREST IN BALOCHISTAN”, WILL ONLY RESULT IN ESCALATION, SERVING NO USEFUL PURPOSE”: SARTAJ AZIZ
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Analysts Live on Phone:
Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi (IR Expert)
Kulbhushan Yadav was caught red-handed by our security forces. He was accused of running a clandestine terror network within the province and of participating in various activities meant to destabilize the country. Army courts have awarded him death sentence and the government should ensure the implementation of this decision as it will be a clear message to the world that the sovereignty of our country comes first. It is still the time that India should avoid its involvement in internal affairs of Pakistan.
Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (IR Expert)
Kulbhushan Yadav was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Indian aggression towards Pakistan is not new. Kulbhushan Yadav could approach a high court if he felt that due process was not observed during his trial and his fundamental rights as an accused were not fulfilled. Indian government is making all out efforts to mount international pressure on Pakistan to force for relapsing the decision. International community has its own interests with India. India wants to divert world’s attention from Kashmir dispute.
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad continues in full swing across the country
Security forces have recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from Kalaya, Orakzai Agency and Parachinar, Kurram Agency. According to ISPR, the recovered arms and ammunition include rockets, prepared IEDs, explosive, grenades, mortor bombs, different types of weapons and communication equipment. The operations were launched on credible intelligence and TTP Markaz established in underground tunnels in Kalaya, Orakzai Agency destroyed during the offensive. The recovery of such huge cache indicative of planning for major terrorist attack which has been averted.
Analyst Live on Phone:
Brig (Retd) Harris Nawaz (Defense Analyst)
The Operation Radd-ul-Fasad is continuing in the country in full swing. The operation should be speeded-up to give no space to the terrorists to hide or escape. The security forces are following the terrorists till their hideouts. The civil society should play a vital role to inform the security forces about any suspicious activity in the surroundings.
Perpetrators of lynching of Wali khan university Mardan student will be brought to justice- PM
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken serious notice of the lynching of a student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. In a statement on the murder of student Mashaal Khan by a mob at the university, he said the state will bring the perpetrators of this incident to the book. The Prime minister said the state will not allow any citizen to take the law into his own hands.
Analyst Live on Phone:
Nihal Hashmi (Senator, PML-N)
Our religion Islam teaches us to respect the religious rights and opinions of others. But unfortunately with the passage of time the people have been lacking tolerance. The Wali Khan University incident in which a young boy was brutally killed is strongly condemnable . Such incidents affect the image of Pakistan in the world.
Federal cabinet approves hajj policy 2017
The federal cabinet at its meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday approved Hajj Policy 2017 and lifting of moratorium on new gas connections. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to fully facilitate Hajj pilgrims.Nawaz Sharif also asked the ministry to review the Hajj expenditures and present them before the next cabinet meeting.Prime Minister said the government is committed to provision of housing facility to the poor.He said urbanization is continuing at a rapid pace due to developmental activities in the country.Nawaz Sharif said it is need of the hour to cater to the growing housing demand across the country. The meeting also approved recommendation of Cabinet Committee on Energy regarding lifting of moratorium on gas connections.It also approved execution of gas development schemes during the tenure of the present Government. Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal gave presentation to the meeting on housing sector. He presented various housing models for low and middle income segments on the occasion. The meeting constituted a sub-committee headed by Minister for Housing to work out detailed plan on housing within ten days and present it in next Cabinet meeting.Briefing newsmen after the cabinet meeting, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and Minister of State for CADD Tariq Fazl Chaudhary said the cabinet also approved a policy about daily wagers and contractual employees.