The Pakistan’s Parliament has extended by 4 months an ordinance that was earlier issued this year to allow the death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against his conviction & sentencing in the court, in line with ruling from the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The International Court of Justice (Review & Reconsideration) Ordinance was promulgated in the month of May & was set to expire dated September 17. The National Assembly or lower house of Parliament extended it through the voice vote on Monday.
Earlier, the Pakistan government had approached Islamabad HC to appoint the defence lawyer to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav for filing appeal. The court heard the case for second time dated September 3 as well as directed federal government to give India another opportunity to appoint the lawyer to represent Jadhav.
The case will now be taken up dated October 3.
The Pakistan government said only a lawyer allowed to practice in country can be appointed as the Jadhav’s counsel, but India has been insisting that it should be allowed to select the lawyer of its own choice. It has also sought the legal documents related to Jadhav’s case that it says, Pakistan has so far failed to provide.
The Islamabad HC direction came after the attorney general Khalid Javed Khan informed the larger bench comprising of Chief Justice Athar Minallah & justices Aamer Farooq & Miangul Hassan Aurangzaib that federal government hadn’t received any reply from Indian government on the issue.
Khan said Jadhav has maintained he doesn’t want the benefit from ordinance for a review of his case, & that he had requested his mercy plea, already pending with Pakistan Army chief, should be considered instead.
On August 6, Islamabad HC had formed the three-judge larger bench at government’s request to appoint the lawyer for Jadhav so that the appeal could be filed against death sentence given to him by a military court.
At that time, the HC had also directed Pakistan government to make another offer to India & Jadhav, through Foreign Office, to hire the lawyer. The court also said it was refraining from appointing the lawyer for Jadhav, who should be informed by Pakistan government about his rights under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.