Pakistan, Jadhav will get opportunity to appeal under pressure; The ordinance period was increased by four months

The Pakistan government has requested the Islamabad High Court to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav. The court heard the case for the second time on September 3.

15th September, 2020

Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian prisoner jailed in Pakistan, can now file an appeal in his High Court against his sentence. Pakistan's parliament has extended the term of the ordinance by four months, which allows Jadhav to do so. Pakistan is facing pressure on Jadhav. Under this pressure, he had to bring this ordinance to implement the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) ordinance, issued in May, was going to expire on September 17, but the National Assembly (lower house) extended the ordinance periodically. The ICJ had asked Pakistan to provide Jadhav an effective review of the death sentence pronounced by a military court. Kulbhushan Jadhav, a 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death in April 2017 by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

A second hearing was held in this case on September 3

The Pakistan government has requested the Islamabad High Court to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav. The court heard the case for the second time on September 3. The court had then asked the Government of Pakistan to give India "one more chance" to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav. It will now be heard next month. Pakistan said last week that India was informed of judicial orders related to appointing a lawyer to represent Jadhav in the court, but no response has been received yet.

Pakistan is violating its ordinance: India

Earlier on 16 July, Pakistan granted diplomatic access to Jadhav. However, India maintained that this approach was neither meaningful nor reliable. During this, Jadhav also appeared under tension. India said that Pakistan is not only violating the ICJ decision but also violating its ordinance.

India had approached the ICJ in The Hague to deny Jadhav access to diplomatic access and challenge the death penalty. The ICJ ruled in July 2019. It said that Pakistan should effectively review and reconsider Jadhav's sentence. Also, India should be granted diplomatic access without delay.

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Reported by:
Pankaj Prasad