Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan military court rejects mercy plea

17 July, 2017, 12:50 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is reviewing the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav as announced on Sunday and he will soon take a decision on the mercy appeal of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Jadhav, an Indian national, was awarded a death sentence by Pakistan's Military court a year ago.

"A meeting between mother and son is very different to granting consular access, which is any case being litigated by India in the International Court of Justice", it said. "The Army chief will decide on Jadhav's appeal on merit". The execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav is now stayed by International Court of Justice. "The decision of the chief will be based on merit", Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said while addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi today. Another mercy petition, filed by Jadhav's mother, is being examined by Pakistani authorities, reports said.

The military court in April had sentenced Jadhav to death over charges of espionage and terror. "Clemency appeal of #KulbhushanJadhav was rejected by Military Appellate Court".

"But small gestures can have a way of lowering the temperature in the overall relationship between India and Pakistan and opening the door to further sensible measures". "The decision to stay Jadhav's execution pending ICJ hearing is unanimous", Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the Court, had said.

It said the reasons for Jadhav's conviction and incarceration suggest that Pakistan may not be legally required to allow his mother to visit him or indeed grant her a visa at all, "but it ought to be considered on humanitarian grounds".

Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 previous year.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied requests to provide New Delhi consular access to Jadhav. India however maintains that Jadhav was abducted from Iran.

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