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Relief to Kuldeep Jadhav sentenced to death, Pak court gave time to appoint a lawyer


India had approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) challenging Pakistan’s denial of consular access to Jadhav and the death sentence. After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the ICJ gave a verdict in July 2019.

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There is relief news for Kuldeep Jadhav, who was sentenced to death. In a major relief to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a Pakistani court has given India more time to appoint a lawyer. Kuldeep Jadhav, a 51-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism.

India then approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) challenging Pakistan’s denial of consular access to Jadhav and the death sentence. After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the ICJ gave a verdict in July 2019. In this, Pakistan was asked to give consular access to Jadhav and also ensure a review of his sentence.

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On October 5, a three-judge Bench of the Islamabad High Court heard the matter by the Law Ministry regarding the nomination of a lawyer for Jadhav. Pakistan’s Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan told the court that in an order passed on May 5, the authorities were asked to approach India for the appointment of a lawyer. He informed the court that the message had been conveyed to India, but there has been no response so far.

Khan told the court that India wanted consular access from Jadhav in a separate room but could not afford to leave him alone with Indian representatives. Khan claims that Pakistan is trying to get the decision to review and reconsider the ICJ, but India is putting obstacles in the way. Regarding the appointment of a lawyer, Khan said that India wants to appoint a lawyer from outside but our law does not allow it and India also does the same in its territory.

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Chief Justice Minallah said that Pakistan wants to implement the ICJ’s decision. In such a situation, would it not be better to give them another chance so that they can put their objections before the court.

There has been no progress on the issue of review as India has refused to appoint a local lawyer. India has demanded from Pakistan that an Indian lawyer be allowed to represent Jadhav in the court. India has asked Pakistan to plug the loopholes in the bill to facilitate review of Jadhav’s case.

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