Jadhav execution on hold until 'ICJ hearing is over'

Published: June 21, 2017
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Kulbushan Jhadav. PHOTO: AFP

Kulbushan Jhadav. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, indicating a softening of stance towards RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, has said that there is ‘room for rethink’ in the issue, and confirmed that Pakistan will not carry out his death sentence until the hearing in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is over.

“We would like this process to be over quickly, but until [it does], we are committed,” he told The Hindu in an interview about India-Pakistan relations during his tenure which is due to end next month.

The case pertains to the death sentence awarded by a military court in April to Jadhav for his involvement in spying and subversive activities in Pakistan.

The high commissioner said Jadhav would be able to appeal for clemency first to army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa, and later to President Mamnoon Husain if his appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeals.

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“There is a process that is ongoing, and if Jadhav’s appeal were rejected [by the court], that would be the time for the army chief or the president to reconsider the sentence against him.

“He has been tried, he has been convicted, and he has the right to appeal. If that is rejected, then he has the right to submit an application for clemency to the army chief, and if he denies it, then to the president,” he said. “So there is room for a rethink there,” Basit added.

Speaking about the other trial, being watched closely in India, on Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed’s detention, Basit said the government was ‘trying its best’ to keep Saeed under (house) arrest and several organisations he represents were under ‘observation’ for now.

When asked how Pakistan can resume talks with India, he said, “We in Pakistan strongly feel that talks and preconditions do not go together.”

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 22, 2017 - 2:12AM

    Killer of innocent people. Is there any mercy for him.Recommend

  • Muneer
    Jun 22, 2017 - 4:51AM

    Another compromise on National Security in the offing.Recommend

  • Sri
    Jun 22, 2017 - 5:43AM

    Why blame Nawaz for the stupidity of army?
    It was Nawaz who took blame for the mistakes of army. Pakistan is staring at huge loss in front of ICJ, because there is no proof. That’s why Abdul basit is backtracking in this case. He is military’s man and he knows what he is talking about.
    Go figure. Recommend

  • Kala_bacha
    Jun 22, 2017 - 6:00AM

    What a joke. He and interior ministry are salves. I am not surprised of this statement mastermind by Pm.Recommend

  • Giri
    Jun 22, 2017 - 9:24AM

    This was enevitable. Bound to happen sooner or later. Pakistan understands consequences of killing Jadhav.Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Jun 22, 2017 - 10:58AM

    This shows the soft corner Nawaz Sharif has for Indians especially Modi. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jun 22, 2017 - 2:31PM

    If Jadhav is alive, he will return back. Otherwise pakistan has a price to pay. Recommend

  • Chauhdry Waqas
    Jun 23, 2017 - 2:26PM

    Afzal Guru’s time, you had forgotten all non-proofs and ICJ verdicts. Now when your monkey is in snare, you are recollecting every convention. Maafi Maango Tum Sarey Sari Dunya Key Samney mil kar Tou sochain ge, otherwise forget about his clemency.

    Paying Price ki dhamki mat dena tou behtar, Has’t it been enough after ICC CT2017 grab out and internationally Indian national indignation perpetrated by your EQ insensitive media. We damn care of your provocations.

    Remember Jinnah’s saying and we all are his nation resonating the same conviction:
    “We want a divided India or a destroyed India”Recommend

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