IHC to hear govt plea seeking legal representative for Kulbhushan Jadhav todaay

IHC to hear govt plea seeking legal representative for Kulbhushan Jadhav todaay

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Islamabad: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday will hear plea filed by the federal government under Presidential Ordinance for appointment of legal representative for Indian spy and agent of intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Kulbhushan Jadhav against his sentence.

According to the details, a bench headed by Athar Minallah, chief judge of the International Health Assembly, has been established to proceed with litigation on the matter.

Earlier on July 22, 2020, the government had approached the court stating that Kulbhushan, who was involved in several terrorist activities in Pakistan, had refused to file plea against his sentence. The agent cannot appoint lawyer in Pakistan without assistance from India, it read.

On July 2, 2020, Pakistan had decided to grant third consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav following his refusal to file review petition against his sentence.

On July 16, 2020, Indian Charge d’affaires reached the Foreign Office as New Delhi accepted Pakistan’s offer to give second consular access to Jadhav. The place where the agent was kept had been declared as sub-jail.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that Pakistan had earlier provided the first consular passage under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on September 2 last year. She said that the parents of Commander Jadav were also allowed to see him on December 25, 2017.

Aisha Farooqui stated that the two consular officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad have obtained unimpeded consular access from Commander Jadav.

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