Kulbhushan Jadhav. (file photo)
In the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Pakistan has to bow to the pressure of India. In fact, Pakistan passed a bill in a joint sitting of Parliament to give it the right to appeal as per the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Pakistan National Assembly on June 10 (Thursday) adopted a bill to give right of appeal to Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav in connection with the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ decision has directed the assembly to conduct “effective review and reconsideration”.
Last month, a Pakistan court granted India more time to appoint an advocate to represent death row Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav in a court. The sentence and conviction awarded to Jadhav by a military court is to be reviewed in the said court. A three-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had heard the Law Ministry’s case regarding nominating a lawyer for Jadhav. The bench comprised Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Amer Farooq and Justice Miyangul Hasan Aurangzeb.
Pakistan’s Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan had reminded the court that it had passed an order on May 5 asking the authorities to make another attempt to approach India for the appointment of a lawyer. He had informed the court that the message was conveyed to India, but no response has been received so far. India wants consular access to Jadhav in a separate room, but officials cannot afford to leave him alone with Indian representatives. He had said, ‘They can harm him even by just shaking hands with him.’
The ICJ delivered the verdict in July 2019
Jadhav, 50, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism. India had moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.
The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should “effectively review and reconsider” its decision to convict and sentence Jadhav. At the same time, opportunities should be provided to India without delay to provide access to Jadhav. The International Court of Justice in its 2019 judgment had asked Pakistan to provide an appropriate forum to appeal against the sentence awarded to Jadhav.
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