There’s a new video confession of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has asked for mercy from the Pakistan Army’s chief of army staff. Jadhav is on death row after having been convicted of espionage, terrorism and sabotage, and in the video, he admits to the charges and expresses remorse for his actions.
Convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav seeks forgiveness
The Pakistan Army has released the new video of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, which is the second confessional video of him. The video has been posted on Facebook, and the Pakistan Army’s media wing issued a press release announcing the video’s release.
A second time, he confesses to the charges of terrorism and espionage in Pakistan, according to the press release about the video. The Inter-Services Public Relations also said that he has “expressed remorse at the resultant loss of many precious lives and extensive damage to property due to his actions.” It goes on to state that he is seeking forgiveness from Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of army staff for the Pakistan Army, and has asked for the general to show compassion and spare his life.
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The press release adds that this is the last chance for the convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal the Pakistan Army’s decision to put him to death. If Gen. Bajwa rejects this appeal as well, his next appeal to save his life will have to be made to President Mamnoon Hussain. The convicted spy previously appealed to the Military Appellate Court to spare his life, but that plea was also rejected.
Controversy over Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav continues
Jadhav was captured in Balochistan province in March 2016, and a controversy over his case has been brewing since then. He is said to have confessed to working for India’s Research and Analysis Wing and reportedly oversaw terrorist attacks in Pakistan aimed at disrupting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
One of the controversies is whether or not Pakistan has the right to hang him even though the International Court of Justice has ordered it to stay the execution. The ICJ ruled unanimously last month that Islamabad must wait to execute him until after the final decision in the case, which could take months or even years to come to. However, the court doesn’t have a way to enforce its verdict, and other countries have ignored its verdicts many times in the past.
Additionally, some have made cases for why Pakistan has the right to proceed with the execution in spite of the ICJ’s verdict.
India calls the video of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav “farcical”
Indian officials reacted swiftly to the video of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, and Indian media outlets are painting it as an “alleged confessional video” of the former Indian Navy officer. According to the PTI news agency, New Delhi said it expects Islamabad to stop trying to influence the ICJ proceedings through “false propaganda.” However, it’s unclear how this video might enable Pakistan to influence the proceedings in its favor or what Islamabad’s motive might be in creating a fake video.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs alleged in a statement that the video contains “manufactured facts” and described it as “farcical.” The agency also called the charges against Jadhav “concocted” and alleged that Pakistan is violating its “international obligation to India and Jadhav.”
At a time when Pakistan and India have struggled to find peace with deadly consequences, this case is only making the strained relations between the two neighbors even more difficult.