New Delhi : There is news of relief in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen jailed in Pakistan. The Pakistan Parliamentary Panel approved the government’s bill to review Jadhav’s sentence. According to media reports, the government’s bill was approved to review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, following the instructions of the International Court of Justice.
Earlier in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the defense lawyer decided by the Islamabad High Court refused to appear in the court. The Islamabad High Court had asked two senior lawyers – Abid Hasan Minto and Makhdoom Ali Khan – to be appointed as defense counsel. But both the lawyers refused to contest the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Abid Hasan Minto has said in his defense that he has retired and has not been in practice for a long time. At the same time, Makhdoom Ali Khan has rescued himself from the case citing some important work. Apparently, India had sought a Queens Counsel or outside counsel for a fair trial in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in Pakistan jail.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafiz Chaudhary said that India is constantly seeking external counsel. This is unrealistic. He said that according to international practice, only those lawyers who have a practice license here are allowed to appear and advocate in our courts.