The International Court of Justice had asked Pakistan to provide a proper forum for appeal against the sentence given to Mr. Jadhav.
Islamabad, Jun 11 (PTI) Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a government-backed bill that will give the right of appeal to convicted Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav. This information has come to the fore in a media news.
The National Assembly on Thursday passed the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Bill, 2020, which aims to provide consular access to alleged Indian spy Jadhav in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision, the Dawn newspaper reported. is.
Jadhav, 51, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism. India had moved the ICJ against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.
The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should “effectively review and reconsider” Jadhav’s conviction and sentencing decision and also give India an opportunity to provide consular access to Jadhav without delay. Should give. The International Court of Justice, in its 2019 judgment, had asked Pakistan to provide an appropriate forum to appeal against the sentence awarded to Jadhav.
After the bill was passed, Law Minister Farogh Naseem said that if he had not passed the bill, India would have gone to the UN Security Council and initiated contempt proceedings against Pakistan at the ICJ. Naseem said the bill was passed in view of the ICJ’s decision. He said that by passing the bill, he proved to the world that Pakistan is a “responsible nation”.
The National Assembly also passed 20 other bills, including the Election (Reform) Bill. The opposition members walked out of the house and pointed out the lack of quorum three times but each time the Speaker of the house declared sufficient numbers in the house and the business continued, leaving the opposition There was a loud commotion. The opposition members came in front of the Speaker’s podium and raised slogans.
Criticising the government’s move, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MP Ehsan Iqbal said the move put the bill on a heavy legislative agenda to provide relief to Jadhav. Iqbal said it was a person-specific bill and Jadhav’s name was included in the statement of objectives and reasons for the bill. What was the need to introduce this bill when the law of the land provides for high courts to review the sentences awarded by military courts, he said.
In May last year, soon after the ICJ’s decision in Jadhav’s case, the government had already implemented the law by promulgating an ordinance.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked the Speaker to give some time to the members to study the bill. He criticised the government for first bringing the bill through an ordinance and then for giving relief to Jadhav by passing the bill.
Law Minister Naseem said he was shocked to see the conduct of the opposition and it seems that the opposition has not read the ICJ verdict. According to him, the ICJ has clearly stated that Pakistan should enact an effective law to give Jadhav his right to review the verdict.