Islamabad’s chief of army staff take a decision on the imprisoned Indian naval officer’s appeal, a statement said.Pakistan’s Army on Sunday said its military appellate court rejected imprisoned naval officer Kubhushan Jadhav’s clemency appeal, ANI reported. The appeal is now with Islamabad’s chief of army staff.Kulbhushan, charged by Pakistan’s military court of espionage and subversive activities, was sentenced to death on April 17 this year. The Field General Court Martial (FGCM) convicted him under the Official Secrets Act, 1929, on charges of promoting “terror-related and subversive activities in the restive parts of Balochistan and Sindh”.“The COAS is looking at each aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s appeal and will decide on its merits,” ANI quoted a statementby issued by the Pakistani Army.On July 13, Pakistan’s Foreign Office had said it was considering granting the prisoner’s mother, Avantika Jadhav, a visa to the country.
“The Pakistan Army chief is likely to reject the mercy plea. Kulbhushan’s plea would then go to the President. It would not be surprising even when he rejects the clemency appeal. The international community has been apprised about the farcical trials in Pakistan, which led to the conviction of Kulbhushan. The ICJ is required to intervene in the matter and stay Kulbhushan execution at all cost,” Defence expert Sushant Sareen said.Jadhav was arrested from Pakistan’s Balochistan province in March 2016 and was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
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