'Meant something else', says MP after calling Kulbhushan Jadhav "terrorist"
Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal created a controversy when he justified Pakistan's controversial treatment of "terrorist" Kulbhushan Jadhav. "If Pakistan has declared Kulbhushan Jadhav as a terrorist there, then they'll treat him like one." However, he followed it up by saying he "meant to say something else". "The way Pakistan is treating Indians in their jails, we should treat their spies and terrorists similarly."
India alleges several violations by Pakistan during Jadhav's family meeting
The Jadhav case has created uproar. On Monday, his family was allowed to meet him after 22 months. His mother and wife met him at the Foreign Office in Islamabad. However, India later alleged Pakistan "violated the letter and spirit of our understandings". The meeting "lacked any credibility", the family's "cultural and religious sensibilities were disregarded", and the overall atmosphere was "intimidating", it said.
'We should treat Pakistan's spies and terrorists similarly: Naresh Agrawal
Responding to the controversy, Agrawal said, "If Pakistan has deemed Jadhav a terrorist, then they'll treat him like one. We should also treat terrorists strictly." There were other Indians languishing in Pakistani jails too, he added. Afterwards, he clarified: "The way Pakistan is treating Indians in their jails, we should treat their spies and terrorists similarly. We are approaching them lightly, but we shouldn't."
Naresh Agrawal clarifies his comments
Meant to say something else.Indians jo Pak jail mein hain unke saath vo jo vyavhaar kar rahe hain humko bhi India mein jo Pak ke jasoos ya atankawadi hain unke saath waisa hi karna chaiye.Hum unke saath khuli chhooth dekar vyavhar kar hain humein woh nahi karna chahiye-N Agrawal pic.twitter.com/BDtUPPGRfF— ANI (@ANI) December 27, 2017