Give another chance to appoint Khulbhushan’s lawyer, directs IHC

Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed federal government to give another chance to Indian government to appoint legal representation for Indian spy Khulbhushan Jadhav.

An IHC larger bench on Thursday, heard the case pertaining to the issue of legal representation of Indian spy Khulbhushan Jadhav and directed the federal government to once again approach Indian government seeking legal representation for the accused.

During the hearing Attorney General apprised the court that Pakistan has already given consular access to the Indian spy in accordance with the verdict announced by International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The Indian government has not yet replied to Pakistan’s request seeking legal representation for Khulbhushan Jadhav, he said.

The court then directed the federal government to reach out to government of India urging the appoint of legal representation for Mr Jadhav.

The case has been adjourned till October 3.

The development comes as IHC on August 7th had formed a larger bench to hear the Khulbhushan Jadhav case.

The larger bench comprises of HC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mian Gull Hassan Aurangzeb.

Khulbhushan Jadhav aka Hussain Mubarak Patel was arrested inside Balochistan in Mashkel near the border region of Chaman on March 3, 2016, on charges of working for Indian intelligence agency RAW and being involved in various terrorism and espionage activities inside Pakistan and was sentenced to death in 2017.

India had reached out to International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the verdict, which had directed Pakistan to grand consular access to the accused and in fact turned downed India’s request for Kulbhushan’s release.