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Jadhav's clemency appeal to be decided on merit, says Pakistan Army

Jadhav's clemency appeal to be decided on merit, says Pakistan Army

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.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Pavani Parameswara Rao on Monday asserted that there can be no imminent execution of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav as the matter is pending before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in the month April this for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. Talking to ANI, defence expert P.K. Sehgal said, "Pakistan is very much aware that it was a sham case; sham military trial; they do not have any evidence that is why they are trying to finish this case on their own level". Another defence expert Praful Bakshi said that the ICJ is a world body and Pakistan can not take it lightly. Another mercy petition, filed by Mr Jadhav's mother, is also being examined by the Pakistani authorities. Now, it depends on the ICJ that what steps it will take.

The clemency appeal of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan on charges of espionage, will be decided on merit, the public relations department of the Pakistan Army said on Sunday.

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The Prime Minister also urged the political leaders to help carry forward the investigation against corrupt politicians. He said, the political leaders need to convince the people that every leader is not tainted and running after money.

A leading Pakistani daily has voiced its support in favour of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, saying that she should be granted Visa to visit Pakistan on 'humanitarian grounds'. The statement said that Jadhav, 46, had filed the petition after the Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.

Under Pakistan's law, Jadhav is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Army Chief.

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.

In what is claimed by India as a violation of the Vienna Convention, Pakistan turned down all of India's 18 requests seeking consular access to Jadhav.


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