Indian spy, Kulbhushan Yadav’s case hearing adjourned by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), according to reports.
According to Baaghi TV, the Islamabad High Court heard the case of providing a lawyer to Kulbhushan Yadav. Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah said, “The aim is to fully implement the decision of the International Court of Justice. This will not be the first case of its kind. There will be decisions on similar cases.”
The Attorny General informed the court, “We have fulfilled our responsibility. The constitution also gives the right to a fair and transparent trial”.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah said that India was given opportunities, but India has been reluctant. Chief Justice Athar Minallah, while talking to the Attorney General, said that assistance is needed before appointing a lawyer, what is the responsibility of the federal government in this case. The Attorney General said that there are two stages of the decision of the International Court of Justice, the first stage is to appoint a lawyer while, the second stage is to file a lawyer’s appeal. I will take the International Court of Justice’s case to court so that will be easy to understand, we will need three to four weeks.
Justice Amir Farooq said that this is a case of the right to life of Kulbhushan Yadav, the court will ensure that the right to life of Kulbhushan Yadav can also be protected. Islamabad High Court adjourned the case till November 9th, 2020.
Earlier, in the case of implementation of the International Court of Justice’s decision for Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav, the judicial aides had apologized for judicial assistance on the request to appoint a lawyer for Kulbhushan Yadav. Judicial assistants Makhdoom Ali Khan and Abid Hassan Manto filed a reply in the High Court. Makhdoom Ali Khan and Abid Hassan Manto apologized for assisting the court, Abid Hassan Manto apologized for ill health and Makhdoom Ali Khan apologized for appearing on professional grounds.
Abid Hassan Manto said, “I am unable to appear in court due to my age and physical weakness. I retired from advocacy a few years ago. It is a matter of honor that the court has appointed an assistant. The court should accept my apology as I am not in a position to provide assistance due to ill health.” Makhdoom Ali Khan said that it is a matter of pride for him but “I cannot provide judicial assistance for professional reasons.”
It is to be noted that, the implementation of the decision of the International Court of Justice regarding the sentence of Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadav is under consideration. 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 approached the Islamabad High Court, the government filed a petition under the recently issued Presidential Ordinance. In a petition filed in the Islamabad High Court, the court has been asked to appoint a legal representative on behalf of Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadav in the national interest.
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. India is also reluctant to avail the facility under the ordinance.
It should be noted that Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav was arrested on March 3rd, 2018 from the Pakistan-Iran border area. The 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, the video of the confessional statement of Kulbhushan Yadav was released.
In April 2018, a month after Kulbhushan Yadav’s arrest, a case was registered against him under terrorism provisions. After which a Pakistani military court convicted Kulbhushan Yadav of involvement in terrorist activities and sentenced him to death.
In May last year, India had filed a petition in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking stay of the execution of its spy, Kulbhushan Yadav. The trial began on May 15th at the request of India, with the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the Netherlands hearing the case from February 18 to 21 at India’s request.
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