Islamabad : The Pakistan government on Wednesday approached Islamabad High Court to appoint a legal representative for alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The move was made in the light of the International Court of Justice’s July 17, 2019 decision, following which the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance, 2020 was enacted to implement the court’s verdict.
The federation, through the defense secretary and the Judge Advocate General (JAG) branch of General Headquarters (GHQ), has been made a party in the petition filed by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
According to the petition, Jadhav refused to file a petition against his sentence.
Jadhav cannot appoint a lawyer in Pakistan without India’s assistance, while New Delhi is also reluctant to avail the facility under the ordinance, the petition said.
The Pak government, in the petition, has asked the court to appoint a legal representative for Jadhav so that Pakistan can fulfil its responsibility to see to the implementation of the ICJ’s decision.
On July 17, Pakistan had provided Jadhav consular access for a third time, after the second opportunity was not availed.