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Sameer Lalwani Quoted in the Times of India on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Execution

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WASHINGTON: Top US experts have expressed concern over Pakistan’s decision to give death penalty to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhavas they warned that Islamabad wants to send a “strong message” to India against isolating it on the world stage.

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According to Sameer Lalwani, senior associate and deputy director for Stimson’s South Asia program, said the decision and timing of Jadhav’s execution sentence “appears puzzling” because in many ways it does not seem to work in Pakistan’s self-interest.

“If Jadhav posed a threat and Pakistan wanted to send a deterrent signal to potential saboteurs of CPEC and Gwadar, they could have executed him months ago after his intelligence value had been exhausted,” Lalwani said.

“If Pakistan wanted to exploit Jadhav’s capture for diplomatic purposes by showcasing evidence of Indian sub conventional aggression, Pakistan still has yet to convince the international community and an execution raises suspicions,” Lalwani said.

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