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Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan bowing before the International Court of Justice, Kulbhushan Jadhav will be able to appeal, will India return?

Pakistan Icj Ordinance 2020 Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan, badly trapped after the orders of the International Court, has finally approved a bill giving Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to appeal. If this bill becomes law, there may be a possibility of Kulbhushan coming to India.

Highlights:

  • Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is facing death sentence in Pakistan, has got a big relief.
  • The lower house of Pakistan’s parliament passed the bill, bowing to the pressure of the International Court of Justice
  • National Assembly approves bill to allow Kulbhushan to appeal in higher courts

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Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is facing death sentence in Pakistan, has got a big relief. Bowing to pressure from the International Court of Justice, the National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament, has given its assent to a bill allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal in higher courts. Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is facing death sentence from the military court, had no right to appeal. On this, the International Court of Justice had reprimanded Pakistan.

In this bill, more powers have been given to review and reconsider the death penalty in accordance with the decision of the International Court of Justice. Experts say that there may be a possibility of Kulbhushan Jadhav being sent back to India if he appeals in the high courts of Pakistan. Pakistan claims that Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured from Balochistan in 2016 and sentenced to death by a military court in the same year on charges of espionage. India has rejected Pakistan’s claim and said that Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran’s Chabahar Port.

Approval to form 21 member standing committee
India said that Kulbhushan Jadhav was running his business in Iran. The International Court of Justice had stayed the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav in the year 2018. The National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament, on Thursday approved the formation of a 21-member standing committee. Its name is named the International Court of Justice Act. Once this law is enacted, it will be applicable to the whole of Pakistan. Earlier, the Government of Pakistan has also brought an ordinance in accordance with the decision of the International Court of Justice.

Earlier, the Government of Pakistan is continuously appealing to India to appoint a lawyer. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) while hearing the matter had asked the Foreign Office to approach India to appoint a lawyer and clear India’s misunderstanding on the jurisdiction of the trial by this court in the matter. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Zaheed Hafeez Chaudhry had said in this case, ‘We have once again called upon India to cooperate with the Pakistan Court by appointing a lawyer in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case so that the order of the International Court in the matter is fully implemented. be made effective.

‘Pakistan should give platform to Jadhav to appeal against the verdict’
Jadhav, 50, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism. Following this, India had moved the International Court of Justice and challenged the denial of consular access by Pakistan and the death penalty. The International Court of Justice in The Hague in July 2019 said that Pakistan should “effectively review and reconsider” Jadhav’s conviction and sentence and also grant consular access to India without delay. The International Court of Justice in its decision had said that Pakistan should provide Jadhav a proper forum to appeal against the decision of the military court.

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