Jadhav will not be executed until mercy pleas exhausted: Pak

Islamabad
1 Jun 2017

Days after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence, Pakistan said today that the Indian national would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria released a statement which he claimed was aimed at addressing "certain misrepresentations/false statements/allegations" made in the Indian media following the ICJ's provisional measures order of May 18 in the Jadhav case. Zakaria asserted that irrespective of the ICJ's stay, Jadhav would remain alive, until he has exhausted the right to request for clemency, initially with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and later with the Pakistan President.

The spokesperson accused the Indian government of misusing the media to create a "false impression of winning" Jadhav's case in the ICJ. "Indian media, backed by the official quarters, misled people in the two countries by propagating that India has won" in Jadhav's case, he said. "The discussions that ensued in the two countries showed a complete lack of understanding of the matter," Zakaria said.