New Delhi: Former Indian naval official Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested in Pakistan last year on charges of spying, has been sentenced to death, Pakistan Army announced today.

A statement in the Pakistani military’s publicity wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Jadhav was declared guilty by an army court of waging war against the country and stoking violence in Balochistan.

“The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Today Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM,” the ISPR said on Monday afternoon. India has denied all charges.

India has consistently acknowledged Jadhav is a retired Indian Navy officer, butdenied the allegation+ that he was in any way connected to the government.

In March last year, Islamabad released what it claimed was a video confession of Mr Jadhav and said he revealed how India engineers violence and separatism in the restive province of Balochistan. Pakistani media reports said Yadav had an Iranian residency permit and that he purportedly had a passport in the name of Hussain Mubarak Patel. The place of birth given in this passport was apparently Sangli, Maharashtra.

Government sources said he often carried cargo to and from Iranian ports bordering Pakistan and had nothing to do with India’s external intelligence agency. Sources also said that there was no proof that the retired Navy officer was arrested in Balochistan as claimed by Pakistan.

(with inputs from agencies)