Why 8 Indian Navy veterans sentenced to death in Qatar?
India can't pressurize Qatar in the way that it did Canada. They go to the house of these 8 Navy officers at night and say that there was a screenshot of a presentation in Italy which has been leaked. Metamaterial is used. Its confidential information was shared by the Indian Officers with Israel. Oman's government had saved its civilian.
India can't pressurize Qatar in the way
that it did Canada.
They go to the house of these 8 Navy officers
at night and say that there was a screenshot of a presentation in Italy
which has been leaked.
Metamaterial is used.
Its confidential information was shared by the Indian Officers with Israel.
Oman's government had saved its civilian.
But we've been trapped until this date in it.
None of the Indians are allowed to work in it.
But this case had so much secrecy that details regarding next hearing
isn't shared by this law firm.
When Nupur Sharma's case occurred, then Qatar was the first country
There's a race between India & Pakistan as well
regarding this submarine.
Both of them...
But for India this was a huge defeat at a diplomatic level.
India's 8 retired Navy officers, among which some were gold medalists
some got Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
have been death penalty in Qatar.
This isn't a small matter for any country.
What is this matter & from this entire incident
what is the relation with Israel
The steps taken by India for it
can it abolish this punishment
for what did these Navy officers go there & in the issue of detailed sharing of Qatar's submarines
how did our Indian Navy officers got involved in it
so what did actually happen
we'll discuss minute-to-minute details in this video.
*8 Indians have been given death penalty in Qatar*
*These 8 people are retired Navy veterans*
*I've been in continuous touch with Qatar's government*
*I assure you that they're very much strongly in our security*
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So, coming back to the topic.
This is India & in the west we've Qatar.
From year 1916 Qatar was under the Britishers.
And very poor as well - at that time they used to do Pearl trade and fishing.
But when year 1939 arrived, then their fate shines.
This was the time when with the help of Britishers, in Qatar's Jebel Dukhan area
Oil was discovered.
This was towards Qatar's south-western coast.
After this, comes year 1971 & in this year Britishers leave Qatar. And in the same year 1971
Qatar hits its biggest jackpot
when natural gas field was discovered in Persian Gulf.
And this area comes mostly in Qatar's economic zone.
So, earlier Qatar's entire production was led by Bristish army
but when Britishers left in 1971, then Qatar was a Vassal state of Saudi Arabia.
Like, vassal country - it started acting like it.
Means it started to live under the guidance of Saudi Arabia but
when Qatar discovered Natural gas and oil, then Qatar got money
and its king was - Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani
He left the guidance of Saudi & started working as an independent country.
He started handling the security on its own.
Now, this wasn't liked by Saudi but Qatar slowly started increasing its security.
Now, it wasn't easy for Qatar to handle the entire country's security alone.
Qatar had money but it had less population.
Even in today's date, Qatar's total population is around 26 lakhs
equivalent to one of India's city.
Now, with so less population - however money you spend, if people are less then its difficult to maintain the security
so what they did was - with contract it started maintaining its security from abroad.
And in future, it signed Defense Cooperation Agreement with U.S. and
Qatar invited US to make Air base.
And when it invited, then US made Al Udeid Air base in Qatar which in future
becomes the acomodation of more than 10,000 US troops.
Qatar's surrounding countries
didn't like these things but US had its entire partnership with Qatar.
In fact, even today Qatar is US's top NON-NATO Ally.
At that time, US didn't have so good relations with Saudi
but when Qatar gave US its Air base, the US's loyalty won as well.
Similarly, Qatar and US became very close Ally & Qatar wasn't solely dependent on US.
It signed multiple security agreements with other countries
made its Naval security strong. It tied up with many private companies and maintained its security.
Now, if you look at Qatar's area then more than 35000 sq km of its border area is covered by Sea.
And Qatar's north natural gas field is its lifeline.
So, for Qatar its naval security has always been the priority,
and then in future, such incidents came forward where - there were Nord Stream pipelines of Baltic Sea
when Qatar saw attacks in those places
then it invested more money in its naval security.
It out-sourced the security, dealt for different warships.
Many naval trainings there has been done by India itself.
All these things were going on - but then comes year 2014
And Oman is Qatar's neighboring country
Its Royal Oman Air Force's retired dquad leader
Khamis Al Ajmi
opens up a defense consultancy
which was named as - Dahra Global Technologies & Consultancy services.
The physical office was in Muscat, Oman & one of its branch
has opened up in Doha, Qatar.
Now, since it was a defense company so it was very big. It got lots of funding as well.
This company had to provide defense service, give training for military equipments.
logistics, providing maintenance services to armed forces. So, the owner of this company
was the CEO as well & was himself retired from Royal Oman Air Force
so, he had lot of knowledge about defense. So, after opening this company
Khamis sends a proposal to the Major General of Qatar - Tariq Khalid Al
that your Qatari Emiri Naval Forces - QENF's maintenance and training services should be given to them
and Qatar accepts Khamis's proposal in the same year.
So, this company starts to work together with the government of Qatar &
the website of this company - now it has been changed - but the website earlier,
it had mentioned the local business partner of Qatar's government agency
including defense. So, when Qatar government gives the project to this company then it
starts hiring rapidly between 2015-2016 all over the world.
Now, since its a defense company, so normal citizen doesn't know much about ships.
So, they were hiring the retired naval officers all over the world
and in the same year, they recruited more than 75 officers of Indian origin.
Among 79 Indian officers, 8 join this company at a senior level and
this entire case is filed on these 8 officers.
I'll tell you further in the video.
Among all these people who were hired from India, at the top was - Commander Purnendu Tiwari
who was hired as a managing director in this company.
Similarly, 3 out of remaining 7
Navtej Singh Gill, Commander Sugunakar Pakala & Captain BK Verma
they become naval directors in the company.
And rest - Commander Amit Nagpal, Commander SK Gupta & Captain Saurabh Vasisht
are hired at the executive role.
Ragesh is hired as a sailor. So, these were total 8 people who were hired at a senior level
in this company.
After being hired, they work very efficiently and through their company they go to Qatar
and do maintenance and security consultation.
All of them had spent almost 4-6 years while doing all these things in Qatar.
Now, after this comes year 2016 & Qatar plans
to make its submarines even stronger.
Now, Italy is famous for its Naval architecture in the whole world.
In the entire Europe, Italy is the largest producer of Submarines, Naval ships, Naval frigate and
there's a very big & famous ship building company in Italy itself.
Their discussion with this company starts.
And in this deal, Dahra Global technology gives its inputs as well.
Now, after all the things were done - this Italian company Fincantieri - signs MoU in 2016
with Qatar, which includes 4 small size war ships,
2 patrol vessels and 1 Amphibious vessel. In this deal Italy had to deliver these to Qatar.
So, this deal wasn't much controversial - it was a very normal deal. Everyone knew about it.
But the main controversial deal is signed in 2020 - I'll tell about that as well.
So, all these deals are worked upon & along with it - Dahra Global Technologies
together along with Qatar, as usual keeps on working.
And Indian officers plays a very big role in it. They work very efficiently.
So, the Indian officers and the company that was working with Qatar
made both the Qatar and Indian Government happy &
regarding this, in 2019 Commander Purnendu Tiwari - the managing director of this company
India gives him Pravasi Bhartiya Samman award.
This award is presented to them who, perform outstanding work out of India.
And this was the first time, when India's retired army personnel got this award.
Our president presented this award to him.
The Indian Ambassador at Doha - Deepak Mittal - even visited the site of Dahara Global
for the betterment of relation between Qatar and India & moving it forward. He even praised this company.
And from the Indian embassy, this company got their certificate of Appreciation
that they had even uploaded on their website earlier.
But now it has been removed.
The entire area of Persian gulf - there's only Iran which has stealth submarine
means it can remain in water for a longer time without being detected
and can make heavy attacks & through this submarine the whole are can be monitored.
Qatar also wanted to keep a similar submarine with him in this area and due to this
in 2020, Qatar does a secret deal with the Italian company Fincantieri SPA - one which it dealt with in 2016
All the things that I'm telling, hasn't been disclosed by Qatar or Indian Government.
They haven't given any statement on this matter.
But the local newspaper in the middle east, are publishing news regarding this back to back &
they're publishing the report because on 17th of May
2021, there was a screenshot of a presentation in Italy which had been leaked.
Which was published by naval news - which consisted that in Italian parliament
a remote presentation of two secret submarines have been given and
when this presentation was going on then it mentioned
that these submarines has been made for a foreign country and this is the screenshot of this presentation.
which was leaked & it was published by naval news in its report
which they named as - Italy's secretive Submarine deal with Qatar
And from here things rose up high that Qatar is taking stealth submarine
from Italy. All the news that I'm telling you, if you search about it
then Fincantieri - the company's name that I said - along with it you can also get
you can also get a name with 'CABI'
you will watch it in news. Actually Fincantieri & CABI - work together.
So, somewhere Fincantieri is used and in other places CABI is used.
Qatar that was making a secret deal with the Italian company
about this only the Dhara global technologies and its associate Indian Navy officers.
That Qatar is doing a secret deal with an Italian company.
in which a small variant of Italian 212 - Stealth submarine - is ordered.
in Qatar through the company of Italy. Now, this deal that was going on
was a very big deal for Qatar because - it had many reasons.
Firstly, if Qatar gets this stealth submarine then Israel's supremacy over Arab
would have been decreased. That's why Qatar didn't even want that
Israel should know anything about it because Israel will never let this deal happen.
Secondly, there was grace between Indian & Pakistan as well regarding this submarine.
Both of them block each other, so they no one gets the submarine
The one who will possess submarine will have an upper hand.
Now Pakistan had good relations with Qatar - then Qatar's submarines
have their benefits taken up by Pakistan. They give Pakistan to use it.
After this, there's a fear that the stealth technology that Qatar will receive.
This has high chances that - Pakistan can also have this technology and even if Qatar denies
there's a possibility that Pakistan can even steal this technology from Qatar.
So, after this on 30th August 2022 - State Security Bureau - Qatar's intelligence agency
So, they go to these 8 Navy officers & reach at night and say that they've to do urgent naval exercise
and for that these officers have to go.
Among them, one officer had to go to India but they go with them due to this call.
And when these 8 Navy officers go along with Qatar officers, they are put in prison and not in normal prison
they are locked in a separate prison. They're forbidden to meet each other. They couldn't talk with each other
and neither the family nor the Indian embassy is informed anything about it.
Nobody knows until a month that they're locked up in prison &
after a month it comes to light in such a way that
Pakistan's news agency breaks this news that India's 8 Navy officers
have been locked up in prison for spying.
Now, after this news breaks family tries to meet them but they're forbidden.
After that the family informs Indian embassy & after so much tries, on 1st October 2022
The Indian embassy at Doha - its officers Deepak Mittal and Deputy Head of Mission
go to the Qatar officials and they get Consular access - which means people at Indian Embassy
who are consulars, when they meet these 8 Navy officers - then its called Consular access.
When the case about Khulbhushan Jadhav occured
then you might've heard this word a lot.
Now after this meeting, only one good thing happens that family is allowed to talk to them once a week.
But even after that - what charges are filed against them, why are they held in prison
nobody is informed about it.
Now, after 2 days on 3rd October 2022 - Dhara company's owner
Khamis Al-Ajmi gets to know about them.
He travels from Oman to Qatar & as soon as he reaches Qatar.
They arrest him as well.
After this, people of Indian embassy hold meetings multiple times with Qatar officials, with their government
that they should be released but Qatar officials directly deny of their release
and say that they've proof about the secret deal between Qatar and Italy - they told about it to Israel.
And after that, they also say that all the things that they're saying
all those have been intercepted by electronic communication.
That all the Indian Navy officers were spying and sending details to Israel.
Qatar officials also told that metamaterials are used to enhance the stealth capabilities of the submarines
its confidential information has been shared with Israel by the Indian officials.
All these things were going on the news but there were no comments from Israel's side.
In fact, until today's date there isn't any statement from Israel on it.
Now, all these things that were going in Qatar - not many people in India new.
But people get to know about it on 27th October 2022 when Commander Purnendu Tiwari's
sister - Doctor Meetu Bhargava - tweets and tags all the big ministers
and starts writing everything day by day on twitter.
After her tweet, all the retired officers and serving officers support her and raise this issue & then
this matter spreads in India as well.
And people demand an action to be taken on it. In fact, on 7th of December, 2022
Congress's Manish Tiwari raised this issue even in Parliament.
*From 30th August 2022, our 8 Retired Indian Navy veterans*
*have been kept in solitary confinement in Doha, Qatar*
And when lot of pressure is put, then its said that - India's vice president
when there'll be inauguration of FIFA will take place, then they'll go in November
and he'll directly talk about it with their officials
he does go there but his words fail.
Now, after this - in the first week of November Oman has the owner of Dhara company's owner released.
And from here, lot of pressure develops on India that Oman has its citizen released but we aren't able to.
Now, from here India was trying again & again
but all its efforts kept failing. Then Christmas ends & New Year ends
and year 2023 starts & on 15th March 2023
the last bail of application for the Indian officers is rejected.
And 10 days later to this, on 25th March 2023
the charges against these Navy officers are submitted. These charges are submitted but
nobody is informed that what the charges are.
In fact, not even their family which charges led them to be locked up in prison.
4 days after all these charges are submitted in the court, on 29th of March 2023
trials start in Qatar's court of first instance.
As India has Lower court, High court, Supreme court
similarly, even in Qatar they've Court of first instance like India's Lower court.
After that comes, Appeal court - similar to India's High court.
And at the highest position is the Court of Concession.
Similar to India's Supreme court, Qatar has court of concession.
So, this entire case is been heard in Court of First instance in Qatar, that is Lower court.
When this case starts, then India even hires the law firm of Qatar named
Office of Majid Al Hajri.
Its office is in Doha itself - when this law firm was hired then all the media outlets
were calling their office but this case had so much secrecy that - the next hearing related to this case
even this detail wasn't shared with anyone by the law firm.
All these hearing were done in such secret ways that - apart from prosecution
defense lawyer and 2 witness
nobody else was allowed to be in the court and even at the time of hearing
even the defense attorney wasn't given the access of the documents of these Navy officers.
There was an Indian Journalist was also trying to make a report from different officials
and getting to know more about it.
As soon as Qatar gets to know about him - the journalist and his wife is right away sent to India.
Now, after this on 3rd May 2023 - the second hearing was to be done but it was
postponed to 18th June.
Now, all these hearing that was going on - India even starts to feel that the law firm that they've hired
is incapable, so India replaces the law firm 'Majid Al Hajri' with another law firm 'Ahmad Ali Al Hal'
And now it is fighting for the case.
The day of the 2nd hearing, on the same day - Dahra Global technologies and consultancy services,
their website is removed. This company isn't trackable. After some days it goes live again
But all the certificates of Appreciation they got from India and
that was written - Qatar local business partner - has been removed.
The next day, 75 other Indian officers that were working
in this Dhara company - news agency reaches them out and
they get to know that everyone has been dismissed from the company.
Their last working day was 31st of May 2023 & the company Dhara Global's assets
that is buildings, contracts - all these have been transferred to a new company named
Advanced Services & Maintenance.
ASM & its website was www.advanced-sm.com
this new company would be run by two french citizens. The hiring of Indians have been totally forbidden.
So, all the employees are currently working are non-Indians. The main hiring done now
for only Britishers, French and Omani nationals.
None of the Indians are allowed to work in it. Now, after this when August month arrives in 2023
some positive things take place. Firstly, all the 8 officers who were separate
were shifted to normal prison. This matter seems to be normal when heard.
But solitary confinement is very painful - Secondly, the family members are allowed to meet them
and also they allow them to talk weekly.
Looking at all these things that, it felt like something positive will happen.
Now, after this comes the date 1st October 2023.
On this day, Indian ambassador meet with the 8 Navy officers personally.
And they discuss about the hearing that was to be held on 3rd October 2023
but what happens after that - the details aren't out yet.
But Directly on 26th October, 2023 all these 8 Navy officers
are sentenced to death penalty in case of spying.
And when they're sentenced to this death penalty
it creates a roar in India. Back to back statements surface that - we're shocked
but this was India's biggest defeat at the diplomatic level.
Oman's government saved its citizen.
But until today's date we're trapped in it.
Now if you look at their family members, then they reach for help everyday on twitter.
They tag but for the time being, nothing has happened.
Among them there're many navy officers whose health condition isn't that good.
They've diabetes but even after that nothing is happening.
One thing is also being said that in this entire case - Qatar & Indian Government knows everything
they know why are all these charges being applied but they aren't telling family and other people.
In fact, recently spokesperson of Ministry of external affairs
Arindam Bagchi said this in the official statement.
That we know about these charges. Now the question is that - which options does India have?
Now, 1st option is that it should be challenged in the Court of Qatar.
This verdict has been given in lower court and it should be taken in higher court.
Then in supreme court. Secondly, if our Prime minister Modi ji
talks at the personal level with Qatar's Emir
then something can be done because on 18th of December, when they celebrate national day
and Amir issues pardoning to lot of lot of prisoners. So, this can also be a possibility
that pressure should be build at the diplomatic level.
So, on 18th December they all cam be pardoned.
Thirdly, during 2015 when Qatar's Amir visited India then he signed a deal with India
which was related to Prisoner & in the agreement it was signed that if anyone will be sentenced in Qatar
then it can be completed in India as well.
And same thing was for Qatar. Now if this agreement will be applied here or not depends on the pressure India makes
rest its also said that
if any 3rd country can be mediated, then also a solution can be found.
Rest, final option is International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration
can be applied as well. But, ultimately all the things will depend
on the relation between India & Qatar's relation.
Qatar's total population is around 26 lakh among which around 3 lakh are Qatari citizens
rest more than 7 Lakh indian citizens reside there. So, Qatar's workforce
also depends on Indians as well.
Mainy, the relations of the country depend on trade. If the trade is good, then relations of the country is also good.
If we talk about trade then, India mainly imports LNG, LPG, Petro-chemical from Qatar.
Qatar exports around $16.81 billion to India. On the other hand India only exports $1.97 billion to Qatar.
And that too mainly cereals, fruits, steel articles. So, the dependency of trade on Qatar is high for India
India is Qatar's 4th largest exporter.
And when the Ukraine vs Russia war had started
the dependency of India on Qatar has increased even more.
Along with it India-Qatar relations has been good.
Military exercises are done together by India & Qatar.
There's a joint navy exercise of India & Qatar named Zair-Al-Bahr.
India and Qatar's coast guard regularly visit each other.
Qatar's QENF delegations participates in two maritime exercises in the past 2 years.
Along with it, our PM has visited Qatar lot of times.
Qatar's Amir has visited India multiple times. Recently, both the countries has even decided that in 2023
it'll be 50 years to India and Qatar's relationship.
So, it'll be celebrated. In fact, in 2008 Qatar had invested 5 billion dollars in India.
Along with it, Qatar gives India a discount on Gas. On the other hand, India isn't left behind.
In 2017, when Saudi and its friendly countries had blocked Qatar from all 4 sides, things couldn't be imported or exported
then India supported it fully. India sent needs through Airlift to Qatar. Now, India is
area wise, population wise, navy wise, military wise larger than Qatar.
In fact, India has 10 times more expenditure on our military in comparison to Qatar.
Workforce of India is huge, but Qatar - even after being a small country
due to it geo-political importance, India cannot pressurize Qatar in the way
the way it had done with Canada.
That's why even if you look in the past - then time to time Qatar forces its statement.
When the case of Nupur Sharma occurred, then Qatar was the first country
who demanded for public apology. In fact, Qatar was so enraged that
our vice president - Venkaiah Naidu - lunch was fixed with him in Qatar but due to this case
Qatar's Amir made an excuse and cancelled this lunch.
And had expressed its anger. In future, Nupur Sharma had to be expelled from the party,
on the other hand if we talk about India, it has also expressed its anger when
Zakir Naik arrived at FIFA but Qatar told that - he has visited in personal capacity then
Qatar cannot do anything. On the other hand, Qatar's new outlet Al Jazeera
which is also Qatar's mouth piece.
Even that has been critical against India from time to time but
until now, if we see then India has kept ignoring these things but this time the matter isn't normal.
Its a matter of 8 retired Navy officers
so, its very important what India will do in this case.
The relation has been very mixed between Qatar-India so, its very difficult to predict.
If India makes the correct pressure then there're lot of possibilities.
That they'll come back & for now, we can pray that all the officials of Navy
would come back home as soon as possible. At last
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