Proposal made to swap Kulbhushan Jadav for terrorist, claims Pakistan

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has claimed that Islamabad has received a proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan.

Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court for allegedly spying for India. Pakistan has also denied consular access to him on 16 different occasions, a point highlighted by the Indian team during the hearing before the ICJ bench.

The Foreign Minister has not specified a name of the terrorist and the National Security Advisor who had made the proposal.

"The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav," Asif told the audience after his speech at the Asia Society.

Asif also discussed Pakistan's vision and approach towards regional peace and development during his conversion with author and journalist Steve Coll.

Over a fortnight ago, Pakistan had accused India of trying to highlight the 'humanitarian' aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice to cover up its alleged 'subversive activities' in the country.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav has been providing "crucial intelligence" on recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the country.

Jadhav's execution, however, has been stayed by The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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