Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan military court rejects mercy plea

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan military court rejects mercy plea

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan military court rejects mercy plea

A military court in Pakistan had sentenced Mr Jadhav to death in April, accusing him of spying. The International Court of Justice in The Hague in May halted his execution on India's appeal. The army said that its chief of staff is now looking into the matter and will make a decision on merits. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, which later rejected his mercy appeal, on charges of spying and fomenting terrorism in Balochistan. General Bajwa, before whom a mercy petition was filed last month, will decide the case on merit, ISPR, the media wing of the Pak army, said in a statement. If the plea is declined by the General Bajwa, Jadhav will be allowed to make a mercy petition to Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, in keeping with Pakistani law. The execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav is now stayed by International Court of Justice. Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian Navy, is now on death row in Pakistan on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago. India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so.

The Dawn, in an editorial, said that a Visa application by the mother of convicted Jadhav is the latest opportunity for India and Pakistan to back away from an increasingly confrontational stance against each other.

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The Defence Experts on Monday said that Pakistan was trying to solve the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on its own due to lack of evidence against former Indian Naval officer.

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that the authorities are considering the Indian External Affairs Ministry's request of Jadhav's mother to grant her a visa so that she could visit her son in prison.

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