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Pak. has no evidence against arrested naval officer: MEA

Calling for the immediate release of former Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav who was arrested nine months ago, India on Thursday said that Pakistan does not have a “shred of evidence” against him.

The MEA’s comment on the issue came even as media reports from Pakistan suggested that Islamabad’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz told the Senate that Pakistan government had presented “insufficient evidence” against the arrested Indian. Mr. Aziz’s comments were later denied by the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We have seen conflicting media reports about this issue. The government has always maintained that Pakistan’s allegations against Jadhav, an Indian national and a former Navy officer were completely baseless. Even more than nine months of keeping him wrongfully and illegally in custody, the Pakistani authorities have not found a shred of evidence against him,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Mr. Jadhav was arrested by the security forces who then released a video of him elaborate on his role in sabotaging normal life in Pakistan’s disturbed province of Balochistan. However, Mr. Aziz reportedly had stated before a full Senate chamber that the dossier on Jadhav contained mere statements. “It did not have any conclusive evidence,” he told a TV channel.

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