Pakistan Army chief 'analysing' Kulbhushan Jadhav's plea, decision at the 'earliest'

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Pakistan army on Sunday said that their chief of staff will take the last call on the fate of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Indian national who is under a death sentence in that country.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on June 22, Jadhav had filed a mercy plea to General Bajwa after the Pakistani military appellate court had rejected his plea.

But even after the International Court's interim order, Pakistan has not allowed consular access to Mr Jadhav and there has been no progress through diplomatic channels. If his appeal is rejected, he can file another petition to Pakistan's President.

"Army chief was reviewing the proceedings of the case and would take a decision on the mercy appeal on merit", General Ghafoor said. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that she had written a "personal letter" to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz requesting for approval of Avantika's application so that she may travel to Pakistan.

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The daily sees granting of Visa to Jadhav's mother as a small gesture which can lower the temperature in the overall relationship between India and Pakistan and opening the door to further sensible measures.

India had then moved the International Court of Justice against the death penalty, which, in its verdict on May 18, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav. Pakistan has dismissed India's consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. It has been reported earlier that Pakistan said its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

The case at The Hague has become a rallying point in India, spurring calls for action to save Jadhav who was carrying out legal businesses when kidnapped and convicted by Pakistan in an unfair trial.

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