The Pakistan National Assembly on Thursday approved the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance 2020. After this ordinance, Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen now lodged in Pakistan’s jail, has got the right to appeal against the sentence in any High Court.
The bill was introduced in the National Assembly by the Imran Khan government to provide for the right of ‘review and reconsideration’ to give effect to the decision of the International Court. This “International Court (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance, 2020” has been approved.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a decision in July 2019 said that Pakistan should “effectively review and reconsider” Jadhav’s sentence. Also, without further delay, India should be given consular access. At the same time, India has been demanding the appointment of an Indian lawyer for an independent and just hearing in this case, but Pakistan has repeatedly refused.
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Terming former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav as a spy, arrested in March 2016, Pakistan had sentenced him to death by court martial in a military court. Against this, India had approached the International Court of Justice in 2017. In a decision in July 2019 on the matter, the International Court of Justice had convicted Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention of 1963. Because after the arrest, Pakistan neither told Kulbhushan Jadhav about his rights nor did the Indian authorities allow consular contact. Apart from this, neither any provision was clarified nor made any arrangement for review of the decision of the military court.