Published: Пн, Июля 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Kulbhushan Jadhav's mercy plea rejected by Pakistan military court

Kulbhushan Jadhav's mercy plea rejected by Pakistan military court

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is reviewing the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav as announced on Sunday and he will soon take a decision on the mercy appeal of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday complained that Pakistan was yet to give a visa to Jadhav's mother though she had personally written to Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz regarding a visa to Avantika Jadhav, who is reportedly languishing in an unknown military prison in Pakistan. India has also moved the International Court of Justice and obtained a stay on Jadhav's execution on grounds that procedures were not followed under international law and he did not get consular access. "All evidence and case proceedings against him (Jadhav) are being examined by the army chief, and he will take a decision on the basis of merit and justice". General Bajwa, before whom a mercy petition was filed last month, will decide the case on merit, ISPR, the media wing of the Pak army, said in a statement.

Yesterday, Jadhav's clemency appeal has been rejected by the Military Appellate Court.

The Dawn, in an editorial, said that a Visa application by the mother of convicted Jadhav is the latest opportunity for India and Pakistan to back away from an increasingly confrontational stance against each other. On July 13, the foreign office said Pakistan was "considering" the request for visa.

Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran.

So far, Pakistan has dismissed India's consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. Moreover, India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so.

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