Pakistan Army chief ‘analysing’ evidence against Jadhav: spokesman

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Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is “analysing” the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court, and will decide his appeal on merit, the Army said here today.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav filed a mercy petition before General 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.

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Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told reporters today that Gen Bajwa was “analysing the evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav. The Army chief will decide on Jadhav’s appeal on merit.”

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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.

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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.

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