Islamabad, June 23: Former Navy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage in Pakistan has made a mercy petition to the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Jadhav had earlier filed an appeal to the Military Appellate Court, which was rejected.
Inter Services Public Relations of Pakistan in a release said; Jadhav seeking forgiveness has requested that his life be spared on compassionate grounds. Under the law he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Chief of Army Staff and if rejected, subsequently to the President of Pakistan.
The ICJ had stayed the execution of 46-year old Jadhav until its final decision. International Court of Justice has stayed the hanging of Kulbhushan Jadhav after India submitted an appeal to the court. The Court has asked Pakistan not to execute Jadhav till its final judgment in the case.
India has clarified that Kulbhushan Jadhav is a kidnapped retired officer of the Indian navy in Pakistani custody. India will consider it as a premeditated murder if Pakistan kills him. He also said that Pak has no evidence against him.
Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani security forces on 3rd March last year in the restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Research and Analysis Wing. India said that Jadhav was a former Naval officer and was running a business in Iran.