Qureshi blames previous govt of ‘complicating’ case


“Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (government) complicated the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” said Pakistan foreign minister Qureshi…reports Asian Lite News

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has blamed the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government for complicating the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Qureshi claimed that India was trying to take Pakistan again to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for not implementing its verdict, the Hindustan Times reported.

“Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (government) complicated the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Qureshi said on Sunday, according to news agency ANI, without explaining his comment.

Meanwhile, welcoming Pakistan’s decision to allow Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against his conviction in the country’s high courts, his friend said Islamabad’s recent move is a diplomatic win for India and the countrymen.

On Thursday, Pakistan’s National Assembly approved a bill allowing Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal his conviction in the high courts of the country.

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Speaking to ANI, Arvind Singh, a friend of Kulbhushan Jadhav, deemed the passage of the bill as “good news” and expressed hope to see his friend, who was arrested by Pakistan forces in 2018, soon.

“This is very good news. It is our diplomatic win. Under international pressure, following the International Court of Justice’s verdict, Pakistan passed a bill in the national assembly that allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal in High Courts. It is a win for India and countrymen,” he said.

“We are hoping that things will fasten up after this and we will see him among us soon. The government is making all efforts to bring him back through diplomatic channels and international pressure,” he added.

The bill seeks to provide a further right of review and reconsideration in giving effect to the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

According to the bill, the High Court has the power to review and reconsider where the ICJ in relation to a foreign national passes an order in respect of rights under the Vienna Convention of Consular Relations or a foreign national is aggrieved in respect of the rights available under the same.

Earlier this year, a larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had resumed hearing of the case related to Jadhav and four other Indian prisoners who were under detention even after completion of their respective sentences.

In January, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) slammed Pakistan for not acting upon the ICJ’s 2019 judgment that had upheld India’s claim of the Pakistani regime committing the grievous violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on several counts regarding Jadhav. India has also lashed out at Pakistan for failing to provide consular access to Jadhav.

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017. Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in 2016 on charges of espionage. India has rejected Pakistan’s allegations and said he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar. (with inputs from ANI)

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