Pakistan has rejected any option to change its local law on India’s demand to allow an Indian lawyer to fight the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. According to Pakistani media, Pakistan has made it clear that it is not going to change its local law in this matter.
Pakistan has refused to change its law to allow India’s lawyer to fight Jadhav’s case. Earlier, on the direction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan had to change its law to give Jadhav a chance to file a review petition on his death sentence. Pakistan’s opposition parties also opposed Imran Khan’s government regarding this.
Before that, Pakistan had rejected the demand to appoint an Indian lawyer. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhary said, “It is not legally possible to allow an Indian lawyer to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav.”
Pakistan should provide consular access to Jadhav without any restriction: India
India had demanded Pakistan for the appointment of Indian lawyers to file a review petition against Jadhav’s death sentence. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava had said that we demand free and fair hearing as per the ICJ decision.
Pakistan should provide consular access to Jadhav without any restriction, along with providing all the necessary documents.
Kulbhushan was sentenced to death in 2017:
Pakistan arrested Kulbhusan in March 2016 on charges of espionage. Meanwhile, Kulbhushan was also not given any consular access to present his case at the hearing. India moved the case to the international court against this in 2017.
In July 2019, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to stop the execution of Jadhav and reconsider the sentence. Since then, Pakistan has not taken any decision on this.