Pak Army to finalise Jadhav's fate soon


India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague against the death penalty where the case is now pending. The statement said that Jadhav, 46, had filed the petition after the Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.

Jadhav has been awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court on the charges of espionage. "Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the International Court of Justice to the extent that is possible".

Another defence expert Praful Bakshi said that the ICJ is a world body and Pakistan can not take it lightly.

"Indeed, were Jadhav's mother allowed to meet her incarcerated son, it may even have the benefit of indirectly demonstrating that the convicted spy is being treated according to the law and his safety is being taken care of inside a Pakistani prison", the editorial said. The ICJ has already instructed to Pakistan that they can prepare their new team and put the case once again in a proper manner. "The ICJ is a world body and Pakistan can not take it lightly", Bakshi said.

Replying to a question on Jadhav's case, a military spokesman said the Army chief was reviewing the proceedings of the case and would take a decision on the mercy appeal on merit, GeoNews reported.

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The Pakistan Army Chief will decide Jadhav's fate after analysing the mercy plea. "The Army chief will decide on Jadhav's appeal on merit".

It said the reasons for Jadhav's conviction and incarceration suggest that Pakistan may not be legally required to allow his mother to visit him or indeed grant her a visa at all, "but it ought to be considered on humanitarian grounds".

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj recently launched a verbal attack on Pakistan's foreign affairs advisor Sartaz Aziz, after her letter regarding a visa application of Mr Jadhav's mother, failed to get a response.

So far, Pakistan has dismissed India's consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times.