As Indian Parliament unanimously decided to condemn Pakistan for awarding death sentence to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of spying, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Congress MP and former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor to help draft a resolution to be adopted by both houses.
Soon after her statement in Parliament, Sushma Swaraj walked up to Tharoor and requested him to draft the resolution to which he sought his party leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge’s nod and agreed to do it.
Last year too Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s services were sought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to draft a statement condemning Pakistan for freeing Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
Usually such resolution would have been prepared by Indian diplomats but being a former UN diplomat, Shashi Tharoor’s services help send a strong message of unity in India against Pakistan’s action.
Sushma tweeted saying, “There is no dearth of talent in my ministry. I have the assistance of very able Secretaries.”
India said Jadhav is the victim of a plan that seeks to cast aspersions on India to deflect international attention from Pakistan’s state sponsored terrorism and said the act, if carried out, would be treated by India as a pre-meditated murder by Pakistan.
“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.