Will Donald Trump administration intervene to save Kulbhushan Jadhav?

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Washington, April 21: The cry to save Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage and anti-Pakistani activities, grows louder in the United States.

The Indian-American community in the country has launched a White House petition, requesting the Donald Trump administration to intervene to save Jadhav. Created by one SS, the 'We the People Petition' on the White House website said the allegations against Jadhav that he was spying for India is totally false and fabricated.

Kulbhushan Jadhav

The petition requires at least 100,000 signatures before May 14 to qualify for a response from the Trump Administration.

"The fact that India is not given consular access to Jadhav clearly proves the point that the charges over which death sentence is awarded to Jadhav are false and fabricated," it said.

"In view of above, I humbly request appropriate and capable authorities to intervene in the matter and make sure that Jadhav doesn't get punished for the act which he never committed," the petition said.

Jadhav, the 46-year-old former naval officer, was kidnapped from Iran where he went for a business-related work last year. Jadhav was staying in Mumbai with his family until he made that ill-fated journey to Iran.

Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was 'a serving officer in the Indian Navy'.

The Pakistan army had also released a 'confessional video' of Jadhav after his arrest. However, India denied Pakistan's contention and maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped by the Pakistan authorities. India had acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.

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