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Abdul Basit Says Kulbhushan Jadhav Can File Appeals For Relief in Pakistan

Basit claimed that Jadhav had some steps to go in an appeal process in Pakistan

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Updated:June 21, 2017, 10:35 AM IST
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Abdul Basit Says Kulbhushan Jadhav Can File Appeals For Relief in Pakistan
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New Delhi: Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit has hinted at a softening stance on Kulbhushan Jadhav by saying that there was a scope for rethinking in the case.

In an interview to The Hindu, Basit claimed that Jadhav had some steps to go in an appeal process in Pakistan. The High Commissioner said he would be able to appeal for clemency first to Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa and President Mamnoon Husain if his appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeals. “So there is room for a rethink there.”

Talking about the process in the International Court of Justice, Basit said, “We would like this process to be over quickly, but until (it does), we are committed.”

Recently, Pakistan had issued a statement clarifying that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals” and according to the law he has two appeals left, one with the Pakistani Army Chief and the other with the President of Pakistan.

Speaking about the other trial, of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and convicted Mumbai 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s detention, Basit told The Hindu that the Pakistan government was “trying its best” to keep Saeed under (house) arrest and several organisations he represents were under “observation” for now.

In April, a military court in Pakistan had sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for alleged involvement in "spying" and "subversive activities".

Jadhav was arrested reportedly from Balochistan after he entered from Iran.

India moved the ICJ against the death sentence on May 8, describing the charges against Jadhav as "concocted" and his trial as "farcical".

In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer.

Recently, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) asked India to make its submission in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case by September 13, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday and debunked Pakistan's claim that its request seeking more time in case had been rejected.

Pakistan had been asked by the court to complete its submission by December 13 this year, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
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