India presses for an Indian lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistani court

Pressing for an Indian lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav in a Pakistani court while it hears his review petition against his death sentence, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that India is in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels on the issue concerning Mr Jadhav.

During an online media briefing, Mr. Srivastava said, “For a free and fair trial in keeping with the letter and spirit of ICJ judgement, we have asked for Mr Jadhav to be represented by an Indian lawyer, one of the best criminal justice attorneys. However, Pakistan has to first address the core issues- giving copies of relevant documents of the case and providing unimpeded consular access to Mr Jadhav.”

The development comes after the Islamabad High Court named three senior lawyers as amici curiae in the case of Mr Jadhav. It must be noted that India, as mandated by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has been demanding “unimpeded” consular access to Mr Jadhav.

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