Pakistan’s legislation on Jadhav case in line with ICJ judgment: FO

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ISLAMABAD, June 19 (DNA): Pakistan has contradicted the Indian
government’s statement on legislation passed by Pakistan’s National
Assembly, saying Pakistan abided by all its international obligations,
which applied to the ICJ judgment in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Commenting on the remarks of the Indian MEA’s spokesperson regarding
International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Bill passed
by the National Assembly of Pakistan, the Foreign Office spokesperson
regretted that Indian government had chosen to misrepresent the ICJ
judgment.

He said the judgment clearly stated in Paragraph 147 that, “Pakistan is
under an obligation to provide, by means of its own choosing, effective
review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr.
Jadhav…”

In line with paragraph 146 of the ICJ judgment, Pakistan chose to
provide Commander Jadhav the right of review and reconsideration by
superior courts of Pakistan through the International Court of Justice
(Review and Re-consideration) Ordinance, 2020, he added.

Moreover, he said Pakistan’s commitment to uphold the ICJ judgment was
again reflected by the passage of ICJ (Review and Reconsideration) Bill
for Review from the National Assembly of Pakistan.

The spokesperson said the Judgement of the ICJ (Para 118) also requires
India to act in good faith, and arrange legal representation for
Commander Jadhav.

“Regrettably, India has been engaging in a deliberate campaign to
obfuscate the issue of appointment of a lawyer,” he said.

The spokesperson said the government of Pakistan had to initiate
proceedings before the Islamabad High Court to request the Court to
appoint a lawyer for Commander Jadhav. The court has repeatedly invited
India to clarify its position in this regard but India continues to
deliberately politicise the issue.

“The Government of India’s refusal to avail itself of the legal remedies
provided by Pakistan and such statements reveal their nefarious designs
to undermine Pakistan’s efforts and discredit the ICJ judgment regarding
Commander Jadhav,” he added. 

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