IHC to hear Kulbhushan Jadhav's case on Thursday

IHC to hear Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case on Thursday

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Islamabad: Islamabad High Court (IHC) will tomorrow (Thursday) take up a case pertaining to appointment of defence counsel for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

By Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Judge Amir Farooq and Judge Mian Gull Hassan Olanzeb The Supreme Court justices, consisting of Hassan Aurangzeb, will hear the case.

IHC has not received a response from the Indian Embassy in Islamabad, nor has anyone submitted a power of attorney on its behalf.

The source said the State Department has written to India’s High Commission in response to the order of the Islamabad Supreme Court. Pakistan said it is legally impossible in India not to allow Indian lawyers to represent the Indian prisoners of death row Kulbhushan Jadhav in court.

On August 7, the Islamabad Supreme Court (IHC) formed a larger court to hear the case involving the appointment of legal representatives for convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The IHC in its Aug 7 verdict had said: “We appoint Abid Hassan Manto, Hamid Khan, Senior Advocates of the Supreme Court and former presidents of the Supreme Court Bar Association, and Makhdoom Ali Khan, Senior Advocate Sup­reme Court and former Attorney General of Pakistan, as amici curiae for our legal assistance in general and, in particular, to ensure that the judgement of the International Court is effectively implemented.”

Earlier, IHC had instructed the government to re-establish contact with India to appoint Kulbhushan Jadhav’s legal representative. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked the Attorney General to inform the court of the history of the case.

“We want to make Indian government and Kulbhushan part of the case over which, the federation assured to again approach the neighboring country through foreign office for hiring of lawyer for the spy,” the chief justice maintained.

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