The Islamabad High Court on Thursday requested the Pakistani authorities to ask the Indian authorities whether they wished to contest in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The order of the High Court comes after a declaration issued by the Ministry of External Affairs in the last month questioning India’s perspective towards the authorized proceedings. According to the claim, “It was clear after the stigma of its legal advisor by the Indian High Commission that the Indian government wanted to avoid legal proceedings related to the Jadhav case.”
A three-judge head bench headed by Chief Justice of the High Court Justice Athar Minallah was hearing a petition by a law ministry to present counsel for Kulbhushan Jadhav to implement the judgment of the International Court of Justice.
Kulbhushan Jadhav, a 50-year-old retired officer of the Indian Navy, was sentenced to death in April 2017 by a Pakistani naval court at the expense of his involvement in espionage and terrorism.
In 2017, India moved the International Court of Justice in protest against Pakistan’s choice of naval court and Jadhav’s refusal to give diplomatic contacts. In July 2019, a worldwide court in the Hague dominated Pakistan to successfully evaluate and reconsider the option of convicting and sentencing Jadhav. Simultaneously, the court ordered India to immediately grant diplomatic entry to Jadhav.