Gen Bajwa still examining mercy petition of Jadhav: Pak Army

Bajwa 'examining' Jadhav mercy plea

Bajwa 'examining' Jadhav mercy plea

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, earlier on Monday, castigated Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz for not entertaining the request for visa to the mother of former naval officer Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage.

The Military Appellate Court has rejected Jadhav's mercy petition and Bajwa will decide on his appeal, filed last month, "on merit", ISPR, the media wing of Pakistan's Army, said in a statement.

"A meeting between mother and son is very different to granting consular access, which in any case is being litigated by India in the International Court of Justice".

Under Pakistan's law, Jadhav is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Army Chief.

Sources said that Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa is now analyzing evidence related to the case and will be deciding the next steps soon. His mercy petition has already been rejected by a military court.

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.

Granting a visa to the mother of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav would provide India and Pakistan an opportunity to show that humanity "can still shine through" and help lower the temperature in bilateral ties, a Pakistani daily said on Saturday. Moreover, India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so. Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian Navy, is now on death row in Pakistan on charges of espionage and subversive activities. Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran. India however maintains that Jadhav was abducted from Iran.