Pakistan Military Court Rejects Mercy Plea Of Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan’s  military court today has rejected the mercy petition of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death in Pakistan, media reports said.

The decision now rests with the Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is analyzing the “evidence” against him, said ISPR, the media wing of the Pak army.

The mercy petition was filed before Gen Bajwa last month, said ISPR in a statement issued on June 22.

A military court in Pakistan has sentenced Mr Jadhav to death in April, accusing him of spying on behalf of the Indian intelligence agency. However India has rejected the allegations.

Following an appeal by India, the International court of Justice in Hague has asked Pakistan to hold off the execution of Mr Jadhav till it reached its final verdict. The court also agreed with India that Pakistan had illegally withheld consular access to Mr Jadhav.

Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year. India said the former Navy officer was kidnapped from Iran, where he was conducting a business.

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