A court in Pakistan adjourned till October 5 the hearing on the government’s plea to appoint a lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer who was sentenced to death on the request of the country’s top law officer. 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 ICJ at The Hague ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should effectively review and reconsider the conviction and sentencing decision of Jadhav and also give India an opportunity to provide consular access to Jadhav without delay. .
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. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned till October 5 the hearing on the government’s plea to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav on the request of Pakistan’s Attorney General (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan, The Express Tribune reported. .
The IHC also issued a notice to the Indian High Commission counsel to appear before the court on the next date of hearing. Earlier, in the hearing held on May 7, the IAC had given India one more chance till June 15 to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav.
The Pakistan government last week passed a bill in the National Assembly to give Jadhav the right of appeal, amid uproar and boycott by the opposition. The lower house of Parliament on Thursday passed the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Bill, 2020. The bill aims to provide consular access to alleged Indian spy Jadhav in line with the ICJ’s decision.
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