Vastavam web: Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death for spying in Pakistan, has filed a mercy petition with the country’s chief of army staff, the Pakistan military said on Thursday. Jadhav was arrested last year in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, the site of a long-running conflict between the Pakistan military and separatist insurgents.After Jadhav was sentenced to death in April, India asked the World Court for an injunction to bar the execution, arguing that he was denied diplomatic assistance during what it terms as an unfair trial.
The World Court, formally known as the International Court of Justice, ordered Pakistan in May to delay Jadhav’s execution. It argued that Islamabad violated a treaty guaranteeing diplomatic assistance to foreigners accused of crimes.Pakistan authorities say Jadhav confessed to being assigned by India’s intelligence service to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities in Baluchistan “aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan”.Pakistan also released a second confession from Jadhav. In this he admits to working for India’s Research and Intelligence Wing and financing Baluch separatists to carry out attacks on Pakistani military targets.