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Pakistan Govt Moves Islamabad High Court To Appoint Counsel For Kulbhushan Jadhav

Mumbai: The government of Pakistan on Wednesday demanded the appointment of an advocate for the Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to the Islamabad High Court to “implement the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to meet the requirements of a fair trial”.

According to the Express Tribune report, a petition filed under a federal ordinance by the Ministry of Law and Justice stated that “the ICHC should appoint an attorney to review and reconsider the military court’s decision.”

This comes after the days when it was reported that Pakistan had offered third consular access to India for Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Earlier, India had said that Jadhav was “tense”, as Pakistan did not allow free dialogue between him and the consular authorities and was not given “unconditional, unconscionable, and unconditional access.”

A Foreign Ministry spokesman had said that the conversation between Jadhav and the consular officials was being clarified with a camera and that the consular access granted by Pakistan was neither “meaningful nor credible”.

The spokesman had said that Pakistani officials were close to Jadhav and consular officers, despite protests from the Indian side as well as fierce protests.

India had recently requested the Pakistani side for uneducated, unconditional, and unconditional consular access to be provided on 13. July. Pakistan was asked to ensure that the meeting was held in an atmosphere free from fear of reprisal and without the presence of any Pakistani official. Jadhav and the surrounding areas of Indian consular officers. 

Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested in 2016 on charges of espionage from Balochistan. India has rejected Pakistan’s allegations, saying it was hijacked from the Iranian port of Chabahar.

In early 2017, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to death. In May 2017, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) banned his execution.

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