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Kulbhushan Jadhav files mercy petition against death sentence: Pakistan

Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan, has recently filed a mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistan Army announced today, claiming that Mr. Jadhav had “expressed remorse” at the loss of precious innocent lives due to his actions.

Pakistan has also released what it called was Kulbhushan Jadhav’s second confessional video; this one was said to have been recorded in April 2017.

In a statement on his mercy petition, Pakistan Army said that he had sought confessed to espionage and terror activities, asked for “forgiveness for his actions” and requested the Army Chief to “spare his life on compassionate grounds”.

“A Pakistan military court had in February sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death after a summary trial that India had called a “sham”. He had filed an appeal against the death verdict to a military appellate court however, this was rejected,” Major General Asif Gafoor said.

A petition to the General Bajwa is the first of the two mercy plea that he is allowed to file under Pakistani law. If this one is rejected, he can file another to the President Mamnoon Hussain.


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