'False, Mischievous': Sushma Swaraj On Reports Of Shashi Tharoor Helping With Pak Draft

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'False, Mischievous': Sushma Swaraj On Reports Of Shashi Tharoor Helping With Pak Draft

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj dismissed reports of Shashi Tharoor helping with Pak draft as 'false'


New Delhi:  Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj described as "completely false and mischievously planted" the reports that she had asked Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor to help draft a resolution condemning Pakistan for giving the death sentence to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

"The news was completely false and mischievously planted in the media," Ms Swaraj tweeted this morning.

She had earlier posted that "there is no dearth of talent in my ministry. I have the assistance of very able Secretaries."

Reports on Monday had said the minister - who made a statement in both houses warning Pakistan over the death sentence - requested Mr Tharoor to help draft the resolution to be adopted in both houses.

"This is a matter that affects us all," Mr Tharoor told NDTV.

Parliament unitedly condemned the death sentence given to Mr Jadhav by a Pakistani military court that convicted him of "espionage and sabotage activities" in Balochistan.

"There is no evidence of wrongdoing by (Kulbhushan) Jadhav. If anything, he is the victim of a plan that seeks to cast aspersions on India to deflect international attention from Pakistan's well-known record of sponsoring and supporting terrorism," Ms Swaraj said in her statement, warning Pakistan's government to "consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter."

"Under these circumstances, we have no choice but to consider this sentence, if carried out, as an act of pre-meditated murder," the minister said, calling the Pakistani military court's charges against Mr Jadhav, 46, "concocted."

"The government and the people of India would view very seriously the possibility that an innocent Indian citizen is facing the death sentence in Pakistan without due process and in violation of basic norms of law, justice and international relations," Sushma Swaraj said.


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