Pakistan has rejected India`s demand that an Indian lawyer or a Queen counsel should be appointed in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case to ensure a free and fair trial. "Allowing a Queen’s Counsel for Jadhav is out of the question as only a lawyer with a license to practice in Pakistan can appear before the court," Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudri said A Queen`s Counsel is a barrister or advocate, appointed as counsel to the United Kingdom`s Crown on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor, Pakistan’s leading Geo News reported. Earlier this month, the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan directed the federal government to give India another chance to appoint a lawyer to represent Jadhav and adjourned the hearing for a month.
Pakistan’s Parliament has extended an ordinance that allowed Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal against his conviction in a high court for four months. Jadhav is required to file an appeal against his conviction in a high by the International Court of Justice. The International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance promulgated in May was set to expire on September 17 but the National Assembly or the lower house on Monday through a voice vote extended it for four months, news agency PTI quoted the Dawn News as saying. Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017.
Pakistani court has appointed three senior lawyers as amici curiae in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage The Pakistan govt has decided to give "another chance" to India to appoint a counsel for Jadhav
The ICJ has once again reiterated that the judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is “binding, final and without appeal”. In July 2019, the ICJ, in its verdict, directed Pakistan to allow consular access and effectively review the death sentence. The court observed that Pakistan had breached international law by not granting consular access.
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Major General Asif Ghafoor, Pakistan Armed Forces Spokesperson, in a tweet said that these reports were just "speculations". The news reports had stated that months after the ICJ asked Pakistan to give Jadhav the right to appeal against his conviction, Pakistan will amend the Army Act and a draft has already been readied for the same.