Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan military court rejects mercy plea

16 July 2017, 06:09 PM
Kulbhushan Jadhav
Kulbhushan Jadhav

A Pakistan military court has rejected Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mercy plea. 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.

The mercy petition was filed before Gen Bajwa in June, said ISPR in a statement issued on June 22.

Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs had said that there has been no change in Pakistan's position on providing consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and visa for his mother. The MEA said that there is no progress on that front.

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However, as per the reports in Pakistani media, the Pakistan’s Foreign Office said that they are considering issuing visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother on India’s request.

So far, Pakistan has dismissed India's consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. Moreover, India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so.

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Till now, India has not received any information on the status of appeal or the petition given by the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Earlier, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said it was up to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to decide the future course in the case.

Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year. India said the former Navy officer was kidnapped from Iran, where he was conducting a business.

First Published: Sunday, July 16, 2017 05:21 PM
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