Islamabad: The campaign of India is bringing color in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The Government of Pakistan introduced an ordinance in the National Assembly on Monday in view of the opposition of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Under this ordinance, a petition can be filed to review the decision of the military court.
Jadhav, a 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India had approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denying diplomatic access to Jadhav and challenging the death penalty.
The International Court of Review and Reconsideration Ordinance 2020 empowers Jadhav to challenge the military court’s decision in the Islamabad High Court.
The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should ‘effectively review and reconsider’ Jadhav’s sentence and at the same time give India diplomatic access without delay. According to ‘Geo TV’ the ordinance should be introduced in the Parliament under the law. Babar Awan, Advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Parliamentary Affairs, introduced the ordinance in the lower house.
A similar effort was thwarted by the opposition parties Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) last week and a walkout citing no quorum in the House. Law Minister F Nasim on Friday appealed to the opposition parties to refrain from politics on the issue and warned them that if the UN decision is not implemented, India will take the matter to the UN Security Council.
Pakistan filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court last week, demanding the appointment of a “legal representative” for Jadhav. However, major parties including the Government of India were not consulted before the petition was filed by the Ministry of Law and Justice under the ordinance.