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  • The bill was passed by a joint assembly in Pakistan parliament
  • The ICJ has earlier asked the assembly to reconsider the statement of conviction
  • Seeking India’s charges of Pakistan denying consular access, the ICJ instructed the govt to grant the country immediate access, earlier on 2019

On Wednesday, a joint assembly in the Pakistani parliament passed a Bill to grant Kulbhushan Jadhv the power to appeal against his death sentence. Jadhav, a retired Navy officer aged 50, was sentenced to death by the legal system of Pakistan in 2017, on charges of terrorism. The bill which was passed yesterday, was adopted earlier on June 10, granting Kulbhushan the right to question his death sentence in contemplation to the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The assembly was asked to give the statement of conviction an “effective review and reconsideration” by the ICJ. An ordinance was passed in 2020 by the Imran Khan government in the National Assembly, with regard to ICJ’s ruling in the Kulbhushan case. However, the ordinance received protests from the opposition parties.

On May 20, 2020, the “International Court of Justice Review and Reconsideration Ordinance 2020” was approved. After Jadhav’s death sentence was passed by Pakistan’s military court, India knocked the doors of ICJ, accusing the Pakistani government of denying consular access. The death sentence was also challenged by India. In 2019, the ICJ stated that Pakistan must proceed with an “effective review and reconsideration” of Jadhav’s sentence and also give India consular access.

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