Islamabad: The National Assembly of Pakistan on Thursday adopted the bill granting the right of appeal to Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, in accordance with the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
This decision will allow Jadhav, sentenced to death in 2017 by a Pakistani military court for espionage and terrorism, to appeal his sentence to the country’s high courts.
“The Pakistan Assembly approved” the 2020 Order of the International Court of Justice (review and reconsideration). This will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal his conviction to the country’s high courts, ”ANI Pakistani media told Pakistani media.
Earlier in April, Pakistan called on the Indian side to cooperate with its courts and appoint counsel for Jadhav to implement the ICJ ruling.
“The Indian side is again urged to take the necessary steps, including the appointment of a legal adviser to represent Commander Jadhav in the case, so that the legal proceedings can be duly concluded and the judgment of the ICJ can. give full effect, IANS quoted Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudri as saying.
This follows the ICJ judgment of July 17, 2019, overturning Jadhav’s death sentence and calling for a trial of the allegations against him in a civilian court.
The ICJ did not accept the death sentence handed down by a Pakistani military court against Jadhav.
Pakistan had previously asserted that it respected the judgment of the ICJ and had filed a complaint with the High Court in Islamabad.
Challenging the High Court’s decision to appoint a defense attorney in the case, India’s High Commission, however, challenged the case.
The Indian High Commission disputed that the High Court was not proceeding in accordance with the requirements of the ICJ.