Kulbhushan Jadhav's clemency appeal rejected by Pakistan Army's appellate court

Kulbhushan Jadhav's clemency appeal rejected by Pakistan Army's appellate court

Kulbhushan Jadhav's clemency appeal rejected by Pakistan Army's appellate court

A Pakistan military court has rejected Kulbhushan Jadhav's mercy petition and Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa is analysing "the evidence" against the former Indian naval officer, reports from Islamabad said on Sunday.

First, Pakistan played the game of getting a mercy petition filed by Kulbhushan Jadhav, and to make it look even more authentic, now a Pakistan military court has rejected the petition.

In a major blow to Pakistan, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May stayed the death sentence of Jadhav.

Under Pakistan's law, Jadhav is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Army Chief. 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. "COAS is looking each aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav's appeal and will decide on merits", Pakistan army said. "Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the International Court of Justice to the extent that is possible". It has also sat on a request for a visa to Jadhav's mother, Avantika Jadhav, so that she can travel to Pakistan and meet her son.

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It said the reasons for Jadhav's conviction and incarceration suggest that Pakistan may not be legally required to allow his mother to visit him or indeed grant her a visa at all, "but it ought to be considered on humanitarian grounds". It has been reported earlier that Pakistan said its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran. His execution was halted by the ICJ on India's appeal.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav in violation of the Vienna Convention.

The case at The Hague has become a rallying point in India, spurring calls for action to save Jadhav who was carrying out legal businesses when kidnapped and convicted by Pakistan in an unfair trial.

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