Gen Bajwa still examining mercy petition of Jadhav: Pak Army

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.

However, Pakistan Military Court has rejected mercy petition of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

In a major blow to Pakistan, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May stayed the death sentence of Jadhav. “Clemency appeal of #KulbhushanJadhav was rejected by Military Appellate Court”. The army said that its chief of staff is now looking into the matter and will make a decision on merits. Another mercy petition, filed by Mr Jadhav’s mother, is also being examined by the Pakistani authorities.

But even after the International Court’s interim order, Pakistan has not allowed consular access to Mr Jadhav and there has been no progress through diplomatic channels. Islamabad has dismissed New Delhi’s consular access request, as well as that of his mother, to Jadhav more than 15 times. India, on the other hand, had said Jadhav was an Indian national who was captured by Pakistani army. It has been reported earlier that Pakistan said its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran. 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.

The Defence Experts on Monday said that Pakistan was trying to solve the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on its own due to lack of evidence against former Indian Naval officer. India however maintains that Jadhav was abducted from Iran.

“But small gestures can have a way of lowering the temperature in the overall relationship between India and Pakistan and opening the door to further sensible measures”.