Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Bajwa 'examining' Jadhav mercy plea

Bajwa 'examining' Jadhav mercy plea

"Army chief was reviewing the proceedings of the case and would take a decision on the mercy appeal on merit", General Ghafoor said.

India, in April this year, had requested Islamabad to facilitate Pakistan visas for Jadhav's family to meet him. Jadhav has been awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court on the charges of espionage.

According to ISPR statement issued on June 22, Jadhav filed a mercy petition+ before Gen Bajwa last month after Pakistan's Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.

Pakistan Army on Sunday announced that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is "analysing" the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court, and will decide his appeal on merit at the earliest.

Jadhav is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Army chief under Pakistan's law, and if his plea is rejected, he can subsequently appeal the Pakistan president for the same.

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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.

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. India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that she had written a "personal letter" to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz requesting for approval of Avantika's application so that she may travel to Pakistan.

The International Court halted Pakistani Corurt's decision in The Hague and staying his execution indefinately.

Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 past year. India however maintains that Jadhav was abducted from Iran.

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