Kulbhushan Jadhav mercy plea: The Pakistan Army today while talking about the mercy plea of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav said that the officer’s mercy petition is now in its final stage and also that ‘Good news will be delivered soon,’ as reported by CNN News 18. Earlier in the month, Pakistan in a statement had said that it has received India’s written pleadings to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is hearing the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, according to a PTI report. The Memorial (written pleadings) was submitted by India to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on September 15.
The report further stated that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had suspended the death sentence of Jadhav pending final judgement by it after India moved the court in May, requesting immediate suspension of the sentence. The Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement as quoted by PTI stated, “Pakistan has received the Memorial (written pleadings) from the International Court of Justice, submitted by the Government of India.” The statement also said that the Memorial is under consideration by a team of lawyers and experts, led by the Attorney General of Pakistan.
The Foreign Office said that the position of Pakistan, “especially highlighting the acts of espionage, terrorism and sabotage committed” by Jadhav in Pakistan, “which resulted in the loss of many lives of Pakistanis”, would be submitted to the ICJ soon. Nafees Zakaria, the Foreign Office spokesman in a statement said that Pakistan would submit its response by December 13. Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan in March last. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had legal business interests after retiring from the Navy. On May 8, India moved the ICJ for instituting proceedings against Pakistan for violations of the Vienna Convention “in the matter of the detention and trial of an Indian National, Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”, sentenced to death in Pakistan and requested immediate suspension of the sentence of death awarded to the accused.