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Indian Facing Death Sentence For Spying Asks Pakistani Military For Mercy


FILE: Indian friends of Kulbhushan Jadhav hold a photograph of them with Jadhav in the neighborhood where he grew up in Mumbai.

An Indian man sentenced to death for spying in Pakistan has filed a mercy petition with Islamabad's chief of army staff, the Pakistani military says.

Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested last year in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan Province, the site of a long-running conflict between the Pakistani military and separatist insurgents.

"Commander Jadhav has admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist, and subversive activities in Pakistan and expressed remorse at the resultant loss of any precious lives and extensive damage to property due to his actions," Pakistan's military said, adding that he had asked for mercy on "compassionate grounds."

After Jadhav was sentenced to death in April, India asked the International Court of Justice to stop the execution, arguing that he was denied diplomatic assistance during his trial.

The court ordered Pakistan in May to delay Jadhav's execution. It argued that Islamabad violated a treaty guaranteeing diplomatic assistance to foreigners accused of crimes.

Pakistani authorities say Jadhav confessed to being assigned by India's intelligence service to organize espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan, which Islamabad says resulted in terrorist acts that caused 1,345 deaths.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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