Jul 17, 2017 12:15 PM IST | Source:

Kulbhushan Jadhav's mercy plea with Pakistan army chief: What happens next?

The Pakistan army on Sunday announced that its chief, General Bajwa is "analysing" the evidence against former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The Pakistani army on Sunday announced that its chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, is "analysing" the evidence against former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who was earlier sentenced to death.

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.

The military court in April had sentenced Jadhav to death over charges of espionage and terror. India continues to refute the charges.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief of Pakistan army's media and justice wing said, "The mercy appeal is pending before the chief of army staff. All evidence and case proceedings against him (Jadhav) are being examined by the army chief, and he will take a decision on the basis of merit and justice."

What happens next?

The Pakistan Army Chief will decide Jadhav's fate after analysing the mercy plea. If the plea is declined by the General Bajwa, Jadhav will be allowed to make a mercy petition to Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, in keeping with Pakistani law.

The story so far

According to Pakistan, Jadhav was arrested on March 3 last year in Balochistan's Mashkhel area. India however maintains that Jadhav was abducted from Iran.

After India appealed, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had on May 18 stalled Pakistan from carrying out the death penalty.

In what is claimed by India as a violation of the Vienna Convention, Pakistan turned down all of India's 18 requests seeking consular access to Jadhav.

ICJ had also requested Pakistan to grant India consular access to Jadhav, which has still not been allowed by Pakistan.

On July 13, Pakistan's foreign office confirmed that it was "considering" a visa request by Jadhav's mother Avantika, who wants to meet her son.
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