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Pakistan Army says no to tweaking Law to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal

The Pakistan Army on Wednesday has openly dismissed all media reports suggesting that the government was considering to change or modify military laws to allow Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against his death sentence in a civilian court.

ISI Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor termed the media reports as 'incorrect'.

“Speculations (sic) for amendment in Pakistan Army Act to implement International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict regarding convicted Indian terrorist Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav are incorrect. Various legal options for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered. Final status shall be shared in due course of time.,” Maj Gen Ghafoor, the army’s spokesperson, said on Twitter.

The Local Pakistani Media had previously reported that Islamabad was expected to amend the PAA to comply with orders given by the International Court of Justice to allow Jadhav to file an appeal against the military court’s findings.

The ICJ in July 2019 had ruled that Jadhav should be allowed consular access immediately and urged Pakistan to ensure effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentence.

According to Pakistan, Jadhav, an Indian national is a spy and was arrested on the 3rd of March 2016 from Balochistan. India, on the other hand, has openly rejected this claim.

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