Pakistan Army chief to decide on Jadhav soon

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is "analyzing" the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court, and will decide his appeal on merit, the Army said here Sunday.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. In a big win for New Delhi, India had approached the International Court of Justice in May seeking a provisional stay to the execution of Jadhav which was granted. Now the Chief General of Pakistani Army reviewing the case proceedings. 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.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav in violation of the Vienna Convention. "Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the International Court of Justice to the extent that is possible".

Till now, India has not received any information on the status of appeal or the petition given by the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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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.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3 past year from Balochistan allegedly for espionage attributes. However, Pakistan can not execute Jadhav since a stay has been ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after India approached the international body for justice. India however maintains that Jadhav was abducted from Iran.

The daily sees granting of Visa to Jadhav's mother as a small gesture which can lower the temperature in the overall relationship between India and Pakistan and opening the door to further sensible measures.

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