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India Given Opportunity to File Petition - Spying Case

ISLAMABAD, 9 July 2020, TON: It has been reported by the Pakistani authorities that Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian intelligence operator who was caught by the Pakistani agencies on 3 March 2016, in connection with his espionage activities, has decided not to file review petition and follow mercy petition. Commander Jadhav’s mercy petition is still pending before the President of Pakistan and the delay has been caused due to the interference of Indian High Commission, Islamabad. Pakistan’s Foreign Mistry issued a statement on Wednesday that Pakistani authorities are ready to give India consular access to Jadhav as well allow him to meet his wife and father. The statement also said, Pakistan has invited India to pursue the case of Jadhav in the Islamabad High Court in line with the judgment of the International Court of Justice.

Indian High Commission spokesperson was quoted to have said that in the light Ordinance passed on 20 May 2020 that allows High Court to review the sentence awarded by their military court, India has decided to file a petition.  Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a statement that International Court of Justice order has already held that Pakistan is in egregious violation of international law while Jadhav has been coerced by the Pakistan military not to file a review petition. Indian authorities are demanding copy of unedited video and other documents pertaining to his trial including copy of FIR, charge sheet, witness statements etc.

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