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‘Kulbhushan Jadhav Coerced,’ Says India After Pakistan’s Claim That he Refused to File Review Appeal

New Delhi: Pakistan on Wednesday said that Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav has refused to file an appeal in the Islamabad High Court against his conviction by a military court despite Pakistani authorities’ offer to do so. The Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, however, dismissed Pakistan’s claim as “continuation of farce that has been in play for the last four years.”

Pakistan coerced captured Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav to forego his rights to seek implementation of judgment of International Court of Justice, the MEA said.

“Kulbhushan Jadhav has been sentenced to execution through a farcical trial. He remains under custody of Pakistan’s military. He has clearly been coerced to refuse to file a review in his case,” the foreign ministry asserted.

“In a brazen attempt to scuttle even the inadequate remedy under the Ordinance, Pakistan has obviously coerced Shri Jadhav to forego his rights to seek an implementation of the judgment of the ICJ,” it added.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Additional Attorney General Ahmed Irfan had claimed, “On June 17, 2020, Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was invited to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction. Exercising his legal right he refused to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction.”

In a press conference, the official said that Jadhav insisted on the mercy petition he filed on April 17, 2017.

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