Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

No threat of imminent execution to Kulbhushan Jadhav: SC lawyer

No threat of imminent execution to Kulbhushan Jadhav: SC lawyer

"COAS is looking each aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav's appeal and will decide on merits", Pakistan army said.

India had then moved the International Court of Justice against the death penalty, which, in its verdict on May 18, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav.

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is "analyzing" the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court, and will decide his appeal on merit, the Army said here Sunday. The army said that its chief of staff is now looking into the matter and will make a decision on merits. The execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav is now stayed by International Court of Justice.

Meanwhile, a Visa application of Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother is pending before Pakistan's foreign office.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on June 22, Jadhav had filed a mercy plea to General Bajwa after the Pakistani military appellate court had rejected his plea.

India has described as propaganda Pakistan's claims of evidence against Jadhav, saying his so-called confessions under duress have no meaning.

So far, Pakistan has dismissed India's consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, last week, took on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz for not entertaining the request for a visa to the mother of Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death for alleged espionage.

Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 past year. In a big win for New Delhi, India had approached the International Court of Justice in May seeking a provisional stay to the execution of Jadhav which was granted. Stating that the circumstances of Jadhav's arrest remains disputed, the court had also said, "India should have been granted consular access as per Vienna Convention".

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