Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan’s Islamabad HC allows India to appoint lawyer

The Islamabad high court on Monday adjourned the hearing in the Kulbushan Jadhav case till September 3, saying India should be given a chance to appoint a lawyer to defend the former Indian Navy commander sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a spying case.

While stipulating the lawyer who represents Jadhav should be a Pakistani national, the high court instructed the government to allow Indian authorities to appoint a legal representative for the former naval officer.

Speaking to the media in the court premises, Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan confirmed that the courts have allowed India to hire a lawyer, but not an Indian.

To a question on whether if the Indian mission in Islamabad can engage an Indian lawyer or not, the Attorney General said, “Only Pakistani lawyers, those who are entitled to practice in Pakistan will be allowed. Indian legal representative is not an option for now. Let’s see who they engage.”

In response to another question on whether Indian lawyers could assist any Pakistani counsel engaged for Jadhav, Khan said, “This option has not been considered as of now.”

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