The bill aims to provide consular access to alleged Indian spy Jadhav in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling.
Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: The Government of Pakistan has passed a bill in the National Assembly amid uproar and boycott by the opposition to give the right of appeal to convicted Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav. The lower house of Parliament on Thursday passed the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Bill, 2020. The bill aims to provide consular access to alleged Indian spy Jadhav in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling. Also Read – Pakistan: Woman leader of Imran Khan’s party slaps opposition MP in TV debate, watch video
Jadhav, 51, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism. India had moved the ICJ against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence. Also Read – India going to partition Jammu and Kashmir again? Pakistan furious over the fragrance
The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should “effectively review and reconsider” Jadhav’s conviction and sentencing decision and also give India an opportunity to provide consular access to Jadhav without delay. Should give. The International Court of Justice, in its 2019 verdict, had asked Pakistan to provide an appropriate forum to appeal against the sentence awarded to Jadhav. Also Read – Firing During Polio Vaccination Campaign In Pakistan, Two Policemen Died
The National Assembly on Thursday evening passed 21 other bills, including this bill, bypassing opposition MPs’ demands for an adequate study of the bills. The government suspended the rules of business on the bill to get 21 bills passed in one sitting.
After the bill was passed, Law Minister Farogh Naseem said that if he had not passed the bill, India would have gone to the UN Security Council and initiated contempt proceedings against Pakistan at the ICJ. Naseem said that the bill has been passed in view of the ICJ’s decision. He said that by passing the bill, he proved to the world that Pakistan is a “responsible nation”.
The National Assembly also passed 20 other bills including the Election (Reform) Bill. Opposition members walked out of the house and pointed out the lack of quorum thrice, but each time the Speaker of the house declared sufficient numbers in the house and continued the business on which The opposition created a huge uproar. The opposition members came in front of the Speaker’s podium and raised slogans.
Criticizing the government’s move, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MP Ehsan Iqbal said the bill was included in the heavy legislative agenda to provide relief to Jadhav. Iqbal said that it was a person-specific bill and Jadhav’s name was included in the statement of objectives and reasons for the bill. He said that when the law of the land empowers the High Courts to review the sentences awarded by the military courts, then what was the need to bring this bill.
In May last year, soon after the ICJ’s decision in Jadhav’s case, the government had already implemented the law by promulgating an ordinance. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked the Speaker to give some time to the members to study the bill. He criticized the government for first bringing the bill through an ordinance and then for giving relief to Jadhav by passing the bill.
Law Minister Naseem said that he was shocked to see the conduct of the opposition and it seems that the opposition did not read the ICJ verdict. From a technical or legal point of view, the passage of the bill will not matter as the government has already brought a special ordinance in May 2020 to implement the ICJ’s decision.
The passage of the bill in the National Assembly is just a step towards finalizing the law. It will now be presented to the Senate and if the upper house passes it without any amendment, it will be sent to the President for approval. If the Senate passes it with amendments, it will be brought back to the National Assembly to pass with changes. If there is no consensus between the two houses, the bill will be passed with a simple majority in a joint sitting.