Pak Army to finalise Jadhav's fate soon

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. He was later awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court. "The Army Chief is looking at each aspect of Jadhav's appeal; analysing the evidence and will decide on merits", Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said. Pakistan has dismissed India's consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague against the death penalty where the case is now pending. India continues to refute the charges. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

The advocate's remark came a day after Pakistan's media wing, ISPR, informed that the Paksitan chief was "analysing" evidence against Jadhav.

It's a rare contest by the two nuclear-armed rivals at the top United Nations legal body whose rulings are binding, but occasionally flouted.

"Pakistan should not execute Jadhav pending final proceedings".

Till now, India has not received any information on the status of appeal or the petition given by the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav. India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention. If his appeal for clemency is rejected by General Bajwa, he can then file another mercy petition with President Mamnoon Hussain within 90 days of the Army Chief deciding on his appeal. Experts said that it's apparent that Jadhav was forced to sign the mercy petition, as it would prove that he was involved in some wrongdoing.

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj recently launched a verbal attack on Pakistan's foreign affairs advisor Sartaz Aziz, after her letter regarding a visa application of Mr Jadhav's mother, failed to get a response. The decision to stay Jadhav's execution pending ICJ hearing is unanimous.

Pakistan has argued that spies are not entitled to consular access following an agreement made with India in 2008.

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