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Pak army chief to take decision on Jadhav fate

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will take a decision on the mercy appeal of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav at the earliest, it was announced on Sunday.

Replying to a question on Jadhav’s case, a military spokesman said the army chief was reviewing the proceedings of the case and would take a decision on the mercy appeal on merit, GeoNews reported.

Radio Pakistan quoted the spokesman as saying that Bajwa’s decision would come “at the earliest”.

The official said the decision “will be based on justice”, the state-run radio reported. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, which later rejected his mercy appeal, on charges of spying and fomenting terrorism in Balochistan. Pakistan has repeatedly denied requests to provide New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.

Jadhav had filed a mercy petition before Bajwa last month, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued on June 22. The statement said the former Indian Navy officer had filed the petition after the Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.

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

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