Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday categorically rejected any chance of permitting a Queen’s Counsel by India to signify Kulbhushan Jadhav, who’s at the moment on death-row in a Pakistan jail.
Throughout a weekly press briefing, Ministry of Overseas Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri mentioned that permitting a Queen’s Counsel to Jadhav was out of the query.
“Allowing a Queen’s Counsel for Jadhav is out of the question as only a lawyer with licence to practice in Pakistan can appear before the court,” he mentioned.
Queen’s Counsel is a barrister appointed as Counsel to the UK’s crown on the advice of the Lord Chancellor.
Jadhav’s case is at the moment being heard within the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC), which gave India one other probability to nominate and signify Jadhav over the past listening to.
Nevertheless, India’s newest demand has been rejected by Islamabad, stating that it has already offered consular entry to Jadhav in addition to giving an open name to India to nominate a lawyer to signify him within the courtroom.
“Pakistan had already given uninterrupted and unimpeded consular access to Jadhav and is ready to extend the same in future as well,” mentioned Chaudri.
Pakistan maintained that it’s abiding by the judgment of the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ) and blamed India for choosing delaying techniques within the case.
The IHC is listening to the overview and reconsideration case of Jadhav following the decision of the ICJ. India has known as for the appointment of a Queen’s Counsel or an Indian lawyer within the case of Jadhav. Nevertheless, Pakistan has maintained that solely training attorneys in Pakistan will probably be accessible.
Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav in Balochistan province in 2016. He was later handed a dying sentence after going by way of trial in Pakistani navy courts. The choice was later brushed apart by the ICJ after India took up the matter on the highest degree.
Pakistan claims that Jadhav has confessed to his crimes and that he was concerned in terror actions, espionage and spying with an intention to unfold unrest and declare the lives of Pakistani folks.
“India is consistently making efforts to evade the Jadhav case,” the Pakistan overseas workplace spokesperson mentioned.
After the ICJ verdict, Pakistan gave consular entry to Jadhav. Nevertheless, India has mentioned that the consular conferences had been interrupted and recorded with the presence of Pakistani safety officers within the room.
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