Kulbhushan Jadhav files mercy petition with Pakistan’s Army Chief General Bajwa

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'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 12:04 am
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Retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death on charges of spying, filed a mercy petition on Thursday with the Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, reported PTI. In a Twitter post, Pakistan Armed Forces’ official spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed Jadhav filed a mercy petition to COAS ‘seeking forgiveness for his espionage, terrorist and subversive activities’. The press release attached with the post reads: “In his plea, Commander Jadhav has admitted his involvement in espionage, subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan and expressed remorse at the resultant loss of innocent lives and extensive damage to property due to his actions. Seeking forgiveness for his actions, he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds.” Also Read: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s second confessional video: Full text

The Pakistan military also released a “second confessional video”, in which purportedly Jadhav can be seen “accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage”. In the video, Jadhav is shown to be detailing his alleged “subversive and terror activities” for which he has been convicted by a military court. “During my judicial proceedings which were held under the field General court martial, I was accorded a defence council by the officials here which were conducting the entire proceedings,” he says in the video.

Jadhav, 45, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April. In response, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8. The next day, the global court stayed the sentence as a provisional measure. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from its restive 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 Navy. Also Read: Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ gives Sept 13 deadline for India

Meanwhile, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13. Pakistan has been asked by the court to complete its submission by December 13. The Ministry of External Affairs’ 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.

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    ramesh ahuja
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:00 pm
    The guy is beaten badly in video, time for Indian government to act and have separate BALUCHISTAN as soon as possible, the only way to teach pkstn is to cut their , IRAN is on verge for strike any time as pkstn is planning with 50 haqqani terrorist with Saudi funding to strike IRAN.
    1. K
      Jun 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm
      Shame on you Pakistani Leaders ! - you first kidnap a person from a foreign territory because he is an Indian , then force espionage charges on an innocent man, take forced tape recordings with a gun on his head, try him in a small chamber without any audience or defense - trial by 2 nos juvenile so called judges , make a great tamasha , order him to be hanged for nothing, make hue and cry in media - whole world and even Pakistani citizens know that. Pakistani leaders trying to escape corruption charges and divert its citizens attentions. Whic God would ever forgive you ! Time for you to make penance and ask for forgiveness from God if you wish to escape Gods wrath.
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        Kamal Pasha
        Jun 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm
        Shame on you Indians by sending an inexperienced Raw agent. How can Pak kidnap him by going inside Iran. Pak ISI is one of the world best and anytime better than RAW. By your ic comment, you have put his mercy pe ion in jeopardy.
        1. A
          Jun 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm
          Shut up porky dog.
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            ramesh ahuja
            Jun 22, 2017 at 10:15 pm
            Check your chadddi and peee now.IRAN is going to conduct surgical strike anytime soon.50 terrorist arrested by them have confirmed that pkstn along with Saudi Arabia are destabilising IRAN Trust me India strke will be best than anybody . Sincere request to govt of India not to repeat 1971 war mistake by releasing coward naked pkstni army. Even if they promise to eat 125 croes Indian taaateeees and drink Urreeeene and have them to break fast and do ibbbadat. Don't trust these pkstni dogs as they themselves will call JINNAH not father of Pakistan but basssssstrd haaaarrrrimmmi of pkstn