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Jadhav's confessional video farcical, facts manufactured: India slams Pakistan

Gopal Baglay said Pak can't use the video to detract from its international obligation to India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Kulbhushan Jadhav
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'.

on Thursday night dismissed as "farcical" releasing a fresh "confessional video" of Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav and said "manufactured facts" cannot alter the reality in the case.

In a strong reaction, the said expects to desist from attempting to influence the proceedings at the (ICJ) in the case through false propaganda.

"The developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the ICJ," spokesperson said.

He was responding to the "confessional video" of Jadhav released by on Thursday.

"Manufactured facts cannot alter the reality, and do not detract from the fact that Pakistan is in violation of its international obligation to and Jadhav. We expect Pakistan to abide by the order of ICJ staying Jadhav's execution and desist from attempting to influence the ICJ proceedings through false propaganda," Baglay said.

The Pakistan military released a "second confessional video", in which purportedly Jadhav can be seen "accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage".

Baglay said Pakistan has not even disclosed to the ICJ Jadhav's purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan.

The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Jadhav have been in opacity, he said.

Baglay said earlier this week the government had once again demanded to Jadhav and reiterated his family's request for visas.

India is determined to pursue the matter in ICJ and is confident that justice will be done without being affected in any manner by these unwarranted and misleading steps taken by Pakistan, he added.

The ICJ stayed Jadhav's execution in May.

First Published: Fri, June 23 2017. 11:10 IST