The Asian Age

Pak asks India to appoint lawyer to defend Jadhav

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Islamabad, April 16: Pakistan on Friday again urged India to appoint a lawyer to represent death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav to implement the verdict of the Internatio­nal Court of Justice.

The Islamabad high court, while hearing the case on Thursday, asked the foreign office (FO) to approach India about appointing a counsel and clarifying the issue of jurisdicti­on of the case being heard by the court.

FO spokespers­on Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry, addressing a weekly briefing, said: We once again urge India to cooperate with the Pakistani courts by inter-alia appointing a lawyer in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case so that full effect could be given to the ICJ judgment in the case .

Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

India approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challengin­g the death sentence.

The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan must undertake an “effective review and reconsider­ation” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.

The ICJ, in its 2019 verdict, had asked Pakistan to provide a proper forum for appeal against the sentence given to Jadhav by a military court.

Asked about backchanne­l contacts with India, Mr Chaudhry said states have ways and means to communicat­e with other states which remain available even during wars.

He said Pakistan never shied away from talks with India and has always underscore­d the need for a meaningful dialogue’ and peaceful resolution of all disputes, including J&K issue.

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