India Today TV has learnt that Pakistan is trying to link hearing of an unrelated case of another Indian national to the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday was hearing a case related to the writ petition filed by the Indian High Commission regarding Indian nationals who have completed their sentence in Pakistani prisons but have still have not been repatriated, even though their nationality has been identified.
It was not a case regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav.
However, India Today TV has learnt that in a desperate attempt, Pakistan is trying to link this case to Kulbhushan Jadhav, and is thus trying to convert all cases as part of the Jadhav hearing.
This is yet another way by which Pakistan is trying to get the Indian mission to attend hearings and participate in court proceedings.
The case on Tuesday was related to another Indian national, but when the lawyer representing the Indian side, Barrister Shah Nawaz Noon, appeared in court, Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan started asking the legal counsel details related to the Jadhav case.
The lawyer representing the Indian side said he neither had the mandate nor the details to discuss Jadhav’s case. He specified that this was related to release of prisoners who had served their term in Pakistan.
The counsel was then informed that the investigations carried out by the Pakistani authorities have revealed links between Kulbhushan Jadhav and the Indian national whose case was being heard today.
According to Pakistani media reports, a larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday had resumed hearing of the government’s plea seeking the appointment of a legal representative for Kulbhushan Jadhav for filing his review petition against his death sentence.
The matter has been adjourned till January 14.
In regards to the Kulbhushan Jadav case, India had made it clear that unless Pakistan does not provide all documents related to the case and allows the Queen’s counsel to represent Jadhav, there will be no participation in any review plea by the Indian side in a Pakistani court.
To a question on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on November 19 had said that Pakistan failed to provide an environment in which the allegations against him can be seriously and effectively challenged.
“We had asked Pakistan to allow Queen’s counsel for Kulbhushan Jadhav. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) had pronounced judgment on Kulbhushan Jadhav in July 2019, but Pakistan has not made available to us all documents related to the case till now,” Srivastava said and asserted that the ICJ judgment should be implemented fully.