India had also forwarded a mercy petition filed by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother, though the fate of that petition is unclear. India has not been granted consular access to Jadhav, and has maintained that it does not have any information about Jadhav’s well-being.
Earlier in the day Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had claimed that in his plea, Jadhav “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in Pakistan and “expressed remorse” at the resultant loss of lives and extensive damage to property.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: The ISPR statement further stated that Jadhav had earlier appealed to the Military Appellate Court which was rejected.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: In a Twitter post, Pakistan Armed Forces’ official spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said Jadhav filed a mercy petition to COAS ‘seeking forgiveness for his espionage, terrorist and subversive activities’.
The Ministry of External Affairs’s official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the timelines had been decided in the June 8 meeting between ICJ President Ronny Abraham and representatives of the two countries.
Retired Indian Navy officer, Jadhav, had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for alleged “involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan.”
AG Ashtar Ausaf Ali claims India had asked the ICJ to offer it time till December to file pleadings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, but the court dismissed its request.
A delegation led by Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf will present the names to ICJ President Ronny Abraham at The Hague
“We will provide all support to him and his family. The country is doing all that can be done to secure his release,” said Lanba.
Jadhav’s case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.
Qadir Baloch also said that the Foreign office was trying to obtain ‘solid evidence’ to solve the case. The ministry has also asked the Nepalese government to get in touch with the three Indians who are said to have received Habib at the Kathmandu airport.
On May 18, the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Kulbhushan Jadhav who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court after a secret trial.
The spokesperson said India had failed despite reminders to provide information sought on January 23 by Islamabad on the basis of Jadhav’s confession of spying and fomenting terror in Pakistan. He termed the ICJ stay on Jadhav’s hanging as “nothing but usual”.
India approached the ICJ citing that it had been repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav in violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention. The attorney-general also briefed the participants of the meeting about the Pakistan government’s strategy for the case.
The Hague-based International Court of Justice stayed Jadhav’s execution on May 18 but it has to decide the issue of jurisdiction in the case, Pakistani officials said.