Kulbhushan: Pak Army Chief To Take Final Decision


Islamabad: Pakistan army said on Sunday that its chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa was “analysing” the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a military court.

“Gen Bajwa will take a final decision on the appeal of Kulbhushan Jadhav at the earliest. The decision of the chief will be based on merit,” Major General Asif Ghafoor,Director General Inter Services Public Relations(ISPR), said while addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi today.

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According to ISPR statement issued on June 22, Jadhav filed a mercy petition before Gen Bajwa last month after Pakistan’s Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The International Court of Justice in The Hague in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.

Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from 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.