The Asian Age
Pak asks India to appoint lawyer to defend Jadhav
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.