According to the latest reports coming in, the outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner to India on Saturday announced that the impending decision regarding the “mercy petition” put forward by the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav shall now be taken up by the Pakistan military court. Kulbhushan Jadhav had filed a petition against the death sentence imposed on him by the Pakistan Supreme Court.
Breaking his silence on the issue, Basit said yesterday,
Kulbhushan Jadhav is convicted. There is a mercy petition filed and the Army court will take a decision.
Abdul Basit’s plea for resignation from Pakistan’s foreign service after he was promoted earlier this year has finally been accepted by the Pakistan government. As per reports, Basit’s retirement was due in April 2018, but he opted for an early retirement and sent his resignation letter to the former Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.
As one may recall, the death sentence imparted to Kulbhushan Jadhav had resulted in a strained relationship between the neighboring countries, with India even seeking justice from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and had the death sentence stayed till the final decision.
When interrogated about such volatile relations between the countries, Basit had this to say to India,
Never give up. Keep trying; things will get better.
On April 10, Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistan court after being accused of espionage and working for R&AW (India’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing). Jadhav’s arrest on March 3 from Balochistan earlier this year stirred up controversy, which further led to deteriorated diplomatic relationship between the two countries.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s high commissioner in Turkey, Sohail Mahmood, is expected to become the next High Commissioner to India. The 55-year-old is expected to take his responsibility starting next month in New Delhi.