World Desk, Tech for FTCP, Islamabad
Updated Tue, 15 Sep 2020 05:54 PM IST
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The term of the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance issued in May was to end on 17 September. However, the Qaumi assembly on Monday extended its term by four months. The ordinance was brought to implement an international court ruling asking Pakistan to provide Jadhav an effective review of the sentence awarded by the military court.
The Pak government has requested the Islamabad High Court to appoint a lawyer to represent Jadhav in the court. The court had on 3 September last directed the government to give India another chance to appoint a lawyer to represent Jadhav. Pakistan had said last week that it had conveyed judicial orders to India, but India did not respond.
On 16 July last, Pakistan granted diplomatic access to Jadhav but the Government of India stated that the said access was neither meaningful nor reliable. India said that Pakistan is violating not only the decision of the ICJ, but also its ordinance. India had approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denying diplomatic access to Jadhav and challenging the death penalty.
The ICJ ruled in July last year that Pakistan should effectively review and reconsider Jadhav's conviction and sentence. India should be granted diplomatic access without further delay. Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan on March 3, 2016, after allegedly entering Iran. India says Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.