Jadhav submitted mercy petition to Pakistan Army chief

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

Pakistan has never disclosed even to the ICJ Mr Jadhav's purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal and the petition filed by Mr Jadhav's mother.

An Indian man sentenced to death on charges of spying in Pakistan has sought clemency from the country's army chief after admitting charges of espionage against him, the Pakistani military has said.

"Seeking forgiveness for his actions, he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds", it said.

The statement from ISPR claimed that the video has been made public so that "world comes to know about what has India done and continues to do against Pakistan". Not just India but Afghanistan too is bearing the brunt of Pakistan's terror machine. A highly placed source in the government told CNN-News18, "This video is completely false and fabricated".

However, Jadhav's latest confessions are in contrast with New Delhi's claim that he was kidnapped a year ago from Iran.

Shockingly, the ISPR statement has come a day after Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit hinted at a softening stance, saying there was a scope for rethinking in the case.

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Responding to the Pakistan claim of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's clemency petition, the Ministry of External Affairs has described it as 'farcical'. "So there is room for a rethink there".

Pakistani officials say Jadhav has been linked to 1,345 deaths in acts of terrorism in Pakistan, making secret trips to Pakistan from Iran before his arrest. The aim was to see that all the activities around the Mekran coast, Karachi and Balochistan Interior.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ordered Pakistan to stay Jadhav's execution. Under the rules, serving personnel are tried before military courts and that is why Jadhav was also tried by the Field General Court Martial but India, on the strength of its propaganda machinery, has been trying to convey to the world that its national was innocent.

On May 18 2017, in a major victory for India, the ICJ at The Hague had barred Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the court pronounced its final decision in the case.

Jadhav said Pakistan arrested him after he entered Balochistan, a statement that contradicts New Delhi's claim that he was kidnapped from Iran previous year.

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