Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence: Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif rules out immediate execution
Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian 'spy' who has been awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan, will not be immediately executed, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said.
Islamabad: Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian 'spy' who has been awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan, will not be immediately executed, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said.
Asif said three appellate forums are available under the law to Jadhav, whose family lives in Mumbai, Dawn online reported.
According to the minister, the trial of Jadhav, who Pakistan said was working for the Research and Analysis Wing and arrested in March 2016 in Balochistan, lasted three and a half months.
He faced charges of spying for India, working against Pakistan's integrity, sponsoring terrorism and attempting to destabilise the country.
Asif said Jadhav had the right to move the Pakistan Army's Court of Appeal against his conviction within 60 days, followed by submission of mercy pleas to the army chief and the President.
Asif rejected Indian claims that Jadhav's execution would be "pre-meditated murder", saying due process of law was followed in the trial.
The minister said those involved in terrorist activities and conspiring against the security and integrity of Pakistan would not be allowed any concession, whether or not they lived in the country.
ICJ to resume hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case today; India had challenged death sentence by Pakistan court in 2017
The oral proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case will commence from 18 February before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday.
Kulbhushan Jadhav is an innocent Indian who is a retired member of the Indian navy and these two things were conveyed to Pakistan in March 2016, Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs said in a press briefing on Thursday.
Expressing relief over the International Court of Justice putting hold on the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, his friends and well-wishers on Thursday celebrated the ruling by bursting firecrackers.