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Kulbhushan Jadhav row: Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner summoned by MEA

Kulbhushan Jadhav

New Delhi, April 19: Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Khan is summoned by Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday over Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing by Pakistan’s Army Court. 

Earlier, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale had met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and demanded the copy of chargesheet and Court order from Pakistan, besides the consular access to the Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Pakistan had denied the consular access to the Jadhav as he is sentenced on espionage and spy charges by the Paki Army’s FGCM. India, however, said that Jadhav is kidnapped from Iran last year. India also criticised the trial of its former Navy official in the Pakistan’s Army.

MEA minister Sushma Swaraj warned Pakistan of the consequences if it proceeds with the sentencing of Indian National.

According to the Pakistan’s law, Jadhav has the right to appeal within 40 days to an appellate court and he may lodge a mercy petition to the army chief within 60 days of the decision by the appellate court. He may also lodge a mercy petition to the president of Pakistan within 90 days after the decision of the army chief on the mercy petition.

Indian government had demanded the copy of the judgement to study the legal of route of ouster for Jadhav.

Media reports also suggested Indian government is studying all the possibilities including exchage of high profile Pakistani prisoner for release of Jadhav.

Wefornews Bureau

 

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