Islamabad, August 27
Pakistan mentioned on Thursday that it was not legally attainable to permit a lawyer from India to signify Indian prisoner on demise row Kulbhushan Jadhav in a court docket on this nation.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri was requested on the weekly press briefing about India’s demand to nominate a neighborhood counsel to plead Jadhav’s case within the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which introduced that it will the case on September 3.
“The Indian side has been also making incongruous demands of allowing an Indian lawyer to represent Commander Jadhav. We have repeatedly told them only those lawyers can represent Commander Jadhav in the court who have a licence to practise law in Pakistan. This is in accordance with legal practice in other jurisdictions also,” he mentioned.
The spokesman additionally mentioned the Indian Supreme Court, in one among its judgments, additionally dominated that overseas attorneys can’t practise legislation inside the nation.
Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to demise by a Pakistani navy court docket on fees of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017. Weeks later, India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in opposition to Pakistan for denial of consular entry to Jadhav and difficult the demise sentence.
The Hague-based ICJ dominated in July final yr that Pakistan should undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and in addition to grant consular entry to India with out additional delay.
“The ICJ judgment clearly says that the review and reconsideration process would be carried out in Pakistani courts as per the laws of Pakistan,” Chaudhri mentioned.
He mentioned instantly after the ICJ’s verdict, Pakistan knowledgeable Jadhav of his rights; supplied consular entry; and put a keep on his execution.
He mentioned the supply of efficient evaluate and reconsideration can be beneath course of.
Chaudhri mentioned Pakistan facilitated the assembly of Jadhav’s household on humanitarian grounds and in addition supplied second consular entry to him.
Last month, Pakistan supplied consular entry to Jadhav, days forward of a deadline to file a evaluate petition in a court docket right here in opposition to his conviction by a navy court docket.
This was the second consular entry to Jadhav. The first consular entry was supplied by Pakistan on September 2, 2019, the Foreign Office mentioned in a press release “However, the Indian consular officials abruptly left while the consular meeting with Commander Jadhav was underway,” the spokesman claimed.
Chaudhri mentioned that to present impact to the ICJ judgment, the Government of Pakistan has itself approached the Islamabad High Court and India should come ahead and cooperate with the court docket in Pakistan to present impact to the judgment of the ICJ.
Pakistan claims that its safety forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran the place he had enterprise pursuits after retiring from the Navy. — PTI