Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence not to be executed immediately, has 4 months to file mercy plea: Reports

Alleged Indian spy was awarded death sentence by military court on the suspicion of espionage against Pakistan

Just a day after a military court awarded death sentence to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, it is now being reported that the sentence shall be executed in four months time. Jadhav has been reportedly given 60 days to file an appeal against the death sentence after which he has another 60 days to file a mercy plea.

According to a report in News18, Jadhav will have to file to file a mercy plea before the Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain in 60 days. India staged a protest has been staged by India soon after the reports of the military court awarding Jadhav a death sentence broke out.

India affirmed that it will consider it to be a “premeditated murder” if Pakistan goes ahead and carried out the death sentence. “If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder,” MEA said in their official statement. India further affirmed that the Indian High Commission were not aware that Jadhav was under trial.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister asserted that Pakistan was a peace-loving country. Following the announcement of the death sentence, a number of BJP leaders including Subramanian Swamy demanded action against Pakistan.

Jadhav, was reportedly arrested in Balochistan after he entered from Iran, has been accused by Pakistan of planning “subversive activities” in the country. Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav, who said he was the serving Indian Navy officer.

However, Foreign Advisor to Pakistani’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sartaj Aziz did admit that there was no “conclusive evidence” against Kulbhushan Jadhav.