Pakistan Army Chief analysing Kulbhushan Jadhav's appeal 'on merits'

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Now, a Pakistani military court has rejected the petition, which too was expected, as it would give full power to Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa to decide the next steps.

The military court in April had sentenced Jadhav to death over charges of espionage and terror.

According to ISPR statement issued on June 22, Jadhav filed a mercy petition+ before Gen Bajwa last month after Pakistan's Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal. Pakistan continues to deny consular access, prompting a strong reaction from India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj a week ago. 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, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

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 court directed Pakistan in May to inform the bench of all measures taken to ensure that the execution does not take place.

"They (Pakistan) can not execute Jadhav as of now, because they made a promise before the ICJ that as long as the proceedings are continuing, they can not execute".

"Pakistan should not execute Jadhav pending final proceedings". India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention. The army said that its chief of staff is now looking into the matter and will make a decision on merits. Experts said that it's apparent that Jadhav was forced to sign the mercy petition, as it would prove that he was involved in some wrongdoing.

He said that there are other ways in which the plea for Jadhav's clemency can be made in Pakistan."There are other parties also who have powers of clemency".

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