ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) gave the Indian High Commission (HC) attorney time on Monday to receive instructions from his client Kulbhushan Jadhav on the case. A major bank, led by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, comprised of Judges Aamer Farooq and Judge Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, held the hearing on a Ministry of Justice petition seeking the appointment of an attorney for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav for a review request to file against his death sentence. During the hearing, the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP), Khalid Jawed Khan, called for the federal government to take all measures to ensure the implementation of the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The IHC Chief Justice asked for Indian reservations to be removed. The attorney general said that the neighboring country deliberately did not want to participate in the court proceedings.
The government had offered its spy consular access to India for the third time through its high commission, he said. The AG said the Indian High Commission had reached out to the IHC on another case involving its prisoners but did not cooperate with the court on the Jadhav case. The High Commission’s other petition opened for a hearing that same day, he informed the court and said India could be a party to the Jadhav case through his lawyer.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said Indian cooperation was necessary for the implementation of the International Court of Justice’s decision, adding that it could approach the court with reservations. Meanwhile, Indian High Commission attorney Shahnawaz Noon appeared before the court on another case involving prisoner Jaspal and believed that he had been directed to obtain some documents from the Attorney General, but he refused to do so had been.
To that end, the IHC Chief Justice said the attorney should have turned to the court if he could not obtain documents. In response to a request from the bank regarding the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and consular access, the Indian High Commission attorney said he would inform the court after receiving instructions from his client. He asked the court to allow a week, which the bank accepted. The court later adjourned the hearing until December 1.