Ruckus At Abdul Basit’s “Peace Event”, Pakistan High Commissioner Mobbed By MediaApril 12, 2017 13:15
A protest and ruckus were created at the “Peace Event”, as several members of the media mobbed Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Former Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri, in New Delhi.
The members of the media, forced the envoy to make a hasty exit. The event saw the presence of many personalities from India, and also the participation of many Indian MPs, including Kasuri. The list of people who attended the meeting included eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, military veteran Kapil Kak, author Sudheendra Kulkarni, journalist Vinod Sharma, Congress leader Saifuddin Soz and others. The conference, highlighted on “Improving Indo-Pak Relations” at the India International Centre (IIC).
Earlier, Abdul Basit, referred Kulbhushan Yadav, the former Indian Naval officer, who was awarded death sentence by the Pakistani military court, a “terrorist”, and said he deserved to die. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj accused Pakistan of carrying out a cold-blooded murder, and said, “There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav. This is an act of premeditated murder.” Swaraj further warned Pakistan to be cautious of their act and said, “I would caution Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter.”
At the event, some of the media reporters, raised questions to Kasuri and Basit, on the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav. However, both of them declined to answer. The reporters and camera persons, as soon as the event ended, first mobbed Basit, to get his response to the statement, which has been condemned by India. The Pakistani envoy, then sought to make a quick exit, but was chased by the reporters on the staircase and in the IIC lawns, until he sped away in his car.
However, Kasuri sought to leave, through a different route, but was held by the media men who asked questions for nearly 10-15 minutes, including on issues of consular access being sought by India. The Pakistan has canceled all the consular access to Jadhav. The Minister, was then escorted by the organizers.
Pakistan awarded death sentence to Jadhav, on charges of spying. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Jadhav, is further accused by the Pakistan authorities of waging war against the country and stoking violence in Balochistan.