Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: He will be alive till he exhausts clemency, says Pakistan

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".

By: Express Web Desk | Islamabad | Updated: June 1, 2017 6:59 pm
Kulbhushan Jadhav, International Court of Justice, Pakistan Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Jadhav hearing, india news, indian express news Kulbhushan Jadhav case: The ICJ has stayed the execution of Jadhav, who has been awarded capital punishment by a Pakistani military court on charges of fomenting terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi.

Pakistan on Thursday said that former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was awarded death sentence on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities”, will remain alive till he does not exhaust the right to seek clemency. “Irrespective of ICJ’s stay, Jadhav will remain alive until he has exhausted the right to request for clemency, initially with the COAS (army chief) and later with President,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said.

Zakari said the Indian petition at the International Court of Justice was about Jadhav’s entitlement to consular access. “It is not about whether the ICJ can act as a Court of Appeal from Pakistani legal proceedings. That is why Barrister Khawar Qureshi informed the Court that India cannot obtain from the Court what it is seeking. He also told the Court that India is using media to create false impression about the case.”

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”.

Asserting that Pakistan’s position in this matter has been made clear, Zakaria said, “We had sought information from India” on January 23, 2017, on the basis of Jadhav’s confession and statements.

“India has not responded despite reminders,” he said.

He also said that in the three previous cases in the ICJ, the request for release or acquittal was not granted by the court, which stated that it does not have the power to give out such orders.

Zakaria said that the case is also about whether Jadhav is entitled to consular access because of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and not about whether the ICJ can act as a court of appeal for Pakistani legal proceedings.

He claimed the “propaganda” that the Pakistani side did not counter the Indian argument related to the 2008 consular access agreement is also a “lie”.

The ICJ ruling had triggered criticism of the Pakistan Foreign Office for its “poor handling” and also for its choice of attorney Khawar Qureshi, who presented Pakistan’s case before the ICJ. The ICJ had also stayed the execution of Jadhav till further hearing.

(With inputs from agencies)

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  1. S
    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:44 pm
    Jadhav shall be treated same as was the Mumbai blasts accused , and this will test how much diplomatic reach India has, India's boasting of it's so called claims to isolate stan didn't get much air too.
    1. R
      Jun 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm
      We should also catch one terrorist from their country and publicly hang him. That will teach them a lesson. Hatred has so much corroded their hearts that these people don't have any humanity left in them.
      1. R
        Jun 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm
        Ind-ian Government has a typical mindset of making high decibel noise & play to gallery its shallowness. By resorting to the same tactics again, it is ensuring death knell for Jadhav. The very tenor of Pa-kistan statement indicates that now they have made up their mind. Come what may, the decision to execute Jadhav appears to have been made. Nawaz Sharif may be the PM yet reins of power are firmly in the hands of Military establishment there. They will not abide by ICJ verdict uming that it gives a favourable decision.
        1. S
          s s nair
          Jun 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm
          Please keep him alive till 2019 elections.
          1. K
            Jun 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm
            he will be hanged, terrorist from a terrorist chountry called hindu satan
            1. F
              Jun 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm
              Pagri sambhal good luck to you on that . Capture kashmir and enslave indian males by 2018 . But if you arent able to do it , swear on your prophet that you will quit your pedo beliefs and embrace bhagwan Ram as your savior . Now go , capture kashmir and enslave indians . Remember you have just 1 year before you convert and become a hindu
              1. K
                Jun 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm
                lol stupid dreamer hind satan
              2. A
                Jun 1, 2017 at 6:32 pm
                1. It will be a foolish on the part of stan to use Kulbhushan Jadhav as a tool in its diplomatic tussle with India. 2. If stan hangs Kulbhushan Jadhav, such a step will irretrievably damage stan's relations with India. stan, and not India, will be seen as a wrong-doer and stan will be a bad loser.
                1. L
                  l s
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm
                  You pure mental pagrri, big mouth to only talk. If you got guts, come out in kashmir or any other place in India, and just see how many minutes it will take to finish you. Got guts ????? Get yourself de-radicalised. Tip from me.
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