Pakistan army chief 'analysing' evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav: ISPR

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

The decision now rests with the Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is analyzing the "evidence" against him, said ISPR, Pak army's media wing.

A military court in Pakistan has rejected the mercy petition of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death in Pakistan. Later on, 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.

But even after the International Court's interim order, Pakistan has not allowed consular access to Mr Jadhav and there has been no progress through diplomatic channels.

A military spokesperson, replying to a question on Jadhav's case said, the Army chief was reviewing the proceedings of the case and would take a decision on the mercy appeal on merit. If his appeal is rejected, he can file another petition to Pakistan's President.

A leading Pakistani daily has voiced its support in favour of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, saying that she should be granted Visa to visit Pakistan on 'humanitarian grounds'.

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. It has been reported earlier that Pakistan said its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran. The court also agreed with India that Pakistan had illegally withheld consular access to Mr Jadhav. Pakistani forces have accused Jadhav of carrying out espionage activities on the behest of the RAW and central government, a claim denied by India. India said the former Navy officer was kidnapped from Iran, where he was running a successful business.

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