Pakistan Army Chief To Decide Jadhav's Future

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

India, in April this year, had requested Islamabad to facilitate Pakistan visas for Jadhav's family to meet him. Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian Navy, is now on death row in Pakistan on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

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.

While on June 22 the Major General Asif Ghafoor of Pakistan took a charge to unveiled press release on which it has been written that the Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav the serving Indian Naval officer who has been sentenced to death on the charges of espionage, sabotage and terrorism has made a mercy petition to the Chief of Army staff.

The case at The Hague has become a rallying point in India, spurring calls for action to save Jadhav who was carrying out legal businesses when kidnapped and convicted by Pakistan in an unfair trial.

India has described as propaganda Pakistan's claims of evidence against Jadhav, saying his so-called confessions under duress have no meaning.

"Pakistan should not execute Jadhav pending final proceedings".

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

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.

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.

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