ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to amend Army Act to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian spy who was arrested in 2016 and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for carrying out acts of terror in Balochistan and Karachi, to appeal against his conviction on charges of espionage and terrorism in a civilian court, said sources.
According to sources, a special amendment is being made under the Army Act for Jadhav in view that the existing act forbade individuals or groups being tried under Military courts from filing an appeal and seeking justice from the civilian court.
In 2017, Kulbhushan Jadhav was convicted by a military court in Pakistan and sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terrorism.
The punishment was awarded by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM), a military court consisting of Pakistan Army officers.
Pakistan has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was “arrested” from Balochistan by its security forces on March 3, 2016.
However, India has rejected these charges and termed them baseless. India has maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav — a former Indian Navy officer — was kidnapped by Pakistan’s security forces when he was in Iran on a business trip.
In July this year, the International Court of Justice had rejected the Indian appeal to release Kulbushan Jadhav and ruled he will remain to continue under Pakistan’s probe.