Pakistan’s National Assembly has approved a bill allowing Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against his sentence in the country’s high courts.
The bill seeks to provide for further powers of review and review to give effect to the decision of the International Court of Justice.
The National Assembly on Thursday passed the bill after the approval of a 21-member standing committee.
It has been named the “International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Act”. In view of the ICJ’s decision in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the Government of Pakistan had earlier brought an ordinance in the National Assembly.
The Act shall apply to the whole of Pakistan and shall “come into force immediately”.
As per the Bill, the High Court has the power to review and reconsider where the ICJ passes an order with respect to rights under the Vienna Convention of Consular Relations in respect of a foreign national or a foreign national aggrieved with respect to the rights available . under that.
Such foreign national may, either himself, through his authorized representative or through a consular officer of a mission in his country, petition before a High Court for review and reconsideration in terms of section 3 with respect to the order of sentence can file. Or the sentence of a military court operating under the Pakistan Army, 1952
Earlier this year, a larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) resumed hearing of the case related to Mr Jadhav and four other Indian prisoners who were still under house arrest after completing their respective sentences.
In January, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had slammed Pakistan for not acting on the ICJ’s 2019 decision, which made India’s claim of Pakistani rule in serious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in several cases regarding Mr Jadhav. was retained. India has also slammed Pakistan for failing to provide consular access to Mr. Jadhav.
Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017. Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in 2016 on charges of espionage. India has rejected Pakistan’s allegations and said that it was abducted from the Iranian port of Chabahar.
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