Pakistan’s Parliament has extended the ordinance that allowed Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal against his conviction in a high court for four months.
earlier The International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) had issued an ordinance that allowed Jadhav to appeal against his conviction and sentencing in court.
However, the ordinance was set to expire on September 17 but the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament has extended the same for four months. The decision was taken through a voice note. The Islamabad high court heard the case for the second time on September 3 while India was given another chance to appoint a lawyer to represent its national. The Pakistan government had also rejected India’s plea to opt for an Indian lawyer, stating that only a lawyer allowed to practice in the country can be appointed as Jadhav’s counsel.
The court’s decision had come after attorney general Khalid Javed Khan informed a larger bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and justices Aamer Farooq and Miangul Hassan Aurangzaib that the federal government had failed to receive a reply from the Indian government on the issue. The hearing is not set for October 3rd.
Jadhav, 50, was arrested by Pakistani security agencies in Balochistan in March 2016. The Pakistan government has alleged his involvement in spying and terrorism whereas, India claims he was kidnapped by Pakistani operatives in Iran.