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Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is lodged in Pakistan’s jail, will soon be able to appeal against the death sentence. He was sentenced by the Military Court 4 years ago on charges of espionage. The National Assembly of Pakistan on Thursday approved the ‘International Court of Justice (Review and Re-Consideration) Ordinance 2020’.
According to this bill, foreign prisoners convicted in Pakistani jails (who have been sentenced by military courts) will be able to appeal in higher courts. According to a report in ‘Sama News’, on Thursday, Law Minister Farogh Naseem introduced this bill in Parliament. Now the bill will go to the Senate. If approved from there, it will become a law after the President’s signature.
what will be the benefit
Till now foreign prisoners in Pakistani jails who have been sentenced by military courts could not appeal against this sentence in the higher courts. While hearing the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had asked Pakistan to reform the matter so that the citizens of other countries can get justice.
What is possible in Jadhav’s case?
If the Senate also passes the new bill, it will become law. After this, Jadhav will be able to challenge the decision of the Military Court in the Higher Civil Court. Pakistan claims that Jadhav is an agent of RAW and was arrested in 2016 from Balochistan. At the same time, India claims that Jadhav is a retired officer of the Indian Navy. He had gone to Iran in connection with business.
He was abducted from there by Pakistan’s intelligence agency. In 2017, the military court had awarded death sentence to Jadhav. India challenged it in the ICJ. Since then the matter is pending. The ICJ had stayed the sentence. Along with this, he was also asked to give consular access.
Doval had tried to release
Senior advocate Harish Salve appeared on behalf of India for Jadhav’s plea in the ICJ. Last year, he had said in an event – the Indian government had ‘back door’ talks with Pakistan for the release of Jadhav.
NSA Ajit Doval himself spoke to the then NSA of Pakistan Nasir Khan Janjua for this. However, this conversation remained fruitless. We hoped that we would convince them if we hold ‘back door’ talks with Pakistan. We were talking of Jadhav’s release on humanitarian grounds. But it didn’t happen. Pakistan has made the Kulbhushan issue an issue of its prestige.