New Delhi, Oct 6, 2017: The Pakistan Army said that it is in its “final stages” to a decision on a mercy petition of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court allegedly for espionage and subversive activities and a “good news” is likely to come very soon.
Though the officer didn’t reveal anything on what the ‘good news’ would be, it is more likely to be the army chief turning down Jadhav’s mercy petition, clearing way for his execution.
Talking to reporters in Rawalpindi, the Director General of Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday said that “Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mercy petition has come to the army chief. There is a process, everything goes through a process but I can assure that it is near finalisation and we will give you news about this very soon.”
Jadhav in June had sought clemency over his death sentence after his plea to an appellate court was rejected. Jadhav had appealed to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). If COAS rejects Jadhav’s mercy petition, he is eligible to go to the Pakistan President.
Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.
India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accusing Pakistan of “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention”. India also sought suspension of the death penalty.
In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav.
Pakistan has said that the Indian national would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.