Court grants respite in the Kulbhushan Yadav case

Islamabad, 9th November: The court has again granted respite in the Kulbhushan Yadav case.

According to the report of Baaghi TV, a hearing was held at the request of the Law Ministry to provide an attorney to Kulbhushan Yadav.

Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan appeared along with Deputy and Additional Attorney General. Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb attended via video link as he was in quarantine.

In the case of Indian prisoner Ismail, the lawyer of the Indian embassy Shah Nawaz Noon came to the rostrum. Shah Nawaz Noon said that the Indian embassy had also asked me to get details in the case of Kulbhushan. I asked for a copy of the verdict and other documents. I was not provided documents related to Kulbhushan, on which the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah said that if you were not getting the documents, you would have come to this court.

Shah Nawaz Noon said that Kulbhushan’s signed power of attorney was required to come to the court. The Attorney General said that Shah Nawaz Noon did not have the power of attorney of the Indian embassy, ​​without the power of attorney we could not provide him with the documents. 

Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Atharmanullah said that the Vienna Convention must be implemented. The court asked Shah Nawaz Noon if he needed time for further instructions from the Indian embassy. To which Shah Nawaz Noon said, “Please give me time, I will take instructions from them and tell them.” The Attorney General said, “We wanted India to appoint a lawyer for Kulbhushan. On which the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court said that the court also wanted India to provide a lawyer to Kulbhushan himself.

The Attorney General said that the lawyers of the Indian embassy, in that case, are also present in this court. The application for the release of Indian prisoner Ismail has also been fixed today.

The Attorney General pointed out the contradictions in the Indian position and said that we have repeatedly given the Indian High Commission the opportunity to meet Kulbhushan and provide a lawyer.

The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court said that the Indian High Commission had expressed some reservations. On which the Attorney General said that India was deliberately reluctant to join the proceedings, the court had asked whether the provision of Kulbbhushan would be effective without Indian involvement.

It is to be noted that following the decision of the International Court of Justice regarding the sentence of Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadav, the government has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court to meet the requirements of the fair trial.

The Ministry of Law and Justice has approached the Islamabad High Court. The government has filed a petition under the recently issued Presidential Ordinance. 

The petition further said that Kulbhushan Yadav had refused to appeal against the sentence, adding that Kulbhushan could not appoint a lawyer in Pakistan without Indian assistance, adding that India was also reluctant to avail the facility under the ordinance.

It is to be noted that Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav was arrested on March 3, 2018, from the Pakistan-Iran border area. This Indian spy was working as a serving officer of the Indian Navy and an agent of RAW.

Following the arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav, the Government of Pakistan summoned the Indian Ambassador and formally protested against the illegal entry of Indian spies into Pakistan and their involvement in terrorism in Karachi and Balochistan. After this, a video of Kulbhushan Yadav’s confessional statement was released.

A month after his arrest, a case was registered against him under terrorism provisions in April 2018, after which a Pakistani military court convicted Kulbhushan Yadav of involvement in terrorist activities and sentenced him to death.

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