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Kulbhushan Jadhav Refused To File Review Petition Against Death Sentence, Claims Pakistan

Mumbai: Pakistan has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav has refused to file a review petition for his death sentence and reconsideration.

Jadhav, a 49-year-old retired officer of the Indian Navy, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 on charges of “espionage and terrorism”.

Pakistan’s Additional Attorney General Ahmed Irfan claimed that Jadhav was invited to file a petition on June 17 to reconsider his conviction and sentence, but he refused to petition and with his pending mercy plea, exercising his legal right, ANI reported, citing Pakistani media.

He also said that the Government of Pakistan had written to the Indian High Commission to initiate the process for filing a petition and review before the deadline.

Irfan further said that Pakistan has offered second consular access to Jadhav, this time he can meet his father and wife, Pakistan reported.

Earlier in May, Pakistan said it had “fully complied” with the ICJ’s decision in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, days after India’s lead counsel Harish Salve asserted that New Delhi had hoped it might be able to persuade Islamabad through “back channel” to release the Indian death-row convict

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