New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday (June 17) asked Pakistan to address the shortcoming in the bill providing the Right to Appeal to Kulbhushan Jadhav who is on death row. It also called for Pakistan to comply with the directions given by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Hague. “We call upon Pakistan to take appropriate steps to address the shortcomings in the bill,” spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, said at a media briefing.
Pakistan’s parliament on June 11, passed a bill that gave the Right to Appeal to Jadhav.
The National Assembly passed the ICJ (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020 on Thursday aimed at allowing alleged Indian spy Jadhav to have consular access in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Bagchi also said that under the bill there was a provision for inviting the municipal court to decide whether consular access has been provided to Jadhav in accordance with a verdict of the ICJ.
He said that the municipal court cannot be the arbiter when it comes to deciding whether the state has fulfilled its promises or not.
Bagchi also called upon the neighbouring country to comply with the judgment of the ICJ in the case relating to Jadhav.
Jadhav (50) was sentenced to death in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism.
Pakistan has claimed that the former Indian Navy Officer was working as a spy for India and was actively engaged in inciting violence against Pakistan in the restive Balochistan province.
After he was sentenced to death, India approached the ICJ against Pakistan’s decision to deny consular access to Jadhav and challenged the death sentence.
The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan must undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also grant consular access to India without further delay.