'Pak Army chief to consider Jadhav's plea on merit'

Kulbhushan Jadhav's mercy plea with Pakistan army chief: What happens next?

Earlier, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said it was up to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to decide the future course in the case. 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. Jadhav, an Indian national, was awarded a death sentence by Pakistan's Military court a year ago. "So they will honour the commitment", Rao told ANI. "Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the International Court of Justice to the extent that is possible". If the plea is declined by the General Bajwa, Jadhav will be allowed to make a mercy petition to Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, in keeping with Pakistani law. But, Kulbhushan Jadhav has more options.

On 9th May, the ICJ advised Pakistan not to act till Jadhav's case was heard in the ICJ. Now, it depends on the ICJ that what steps it will take.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, earlier on Monday, castigated Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz for not entertaining the request for visa to the mother of former naval officer Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage. "Clemency appeal of #KulbhushanJadhav was rejected by Military Appellate Court".

"Army chief General Qamar Javed is presently "analysing" the evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav and will decide on his appeal on merit", the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

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.

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'.

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