The National Assembly of Pakistan has passed the International Court of Justice (Review) Bill 2020 by a majority vote to make the decision of the International Court of Justice effective.
Following the final approval of the bill by the Senate and its signature by the President, all foreign prisoners convicted by military courts in Pakistan, including the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, will have the right to appeal against the sentence. They will be able to approach the High Court.
The bill caused a stir in the National Assembly on Thursday. The opposition voted against the bill, outright refusing to cooperate with the government. However, the government-majority house passed the bill despite opposition protests.
During the meeting, opposition members accused the bill of being passed in a hurry.
Speaking in the House, Ahsan Iqbal, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the largest opposition party, said that looking at today's agenda, it was clear that there was something black in the government. At number 57 on the agenda, a law is being passed for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
He said there was already a law that high courts could appeal against the sentences of military courts.
It may be recalled that the government of Pakistan has maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian spy but India denies this.
During the National Assembly session on Thursday, Ahsan Iqbal said that we have brought votes from patriotic people, we will not allow special legislation for a spy in this holy house. How is the government legislating?
He said, “Today a law is being made for an Indian spy. Until yesterday, the Prime Minister was being told not to name Kulbhushan, but today legislation is being made for Kulbhushan. Will not support. “
Syed Naveed Qamar of Pakistan Peoples Party said that if everything is in accordance with the rules then why the rules are being suspended. Members don't know anything about bills. If these bills are not passed today, they will never happen. Why is it so early?
He told government members that he had a numerical advantage and would pass the bill in two days.
Before the bill was introduced in the House, members of the opposition started chanting slogans on the issue and gathered in front of Speaker Dice.
The opposition chanted slogans against alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded the execution of Kulbhushan.
On this occasion, Speaker Asad Qaiser refused to give floor to the opposition.
Speaking after introducing the bill in the House, Law Minister Forough Naseem said that if the International Court of Justice (Review) Bill 2020 was not enacted, contempt of court proceedings could be instituted against Pakistan in the International Court of Justice.
Addressing PML-N member Ahsan Iqbal, he said that what he was talking about was what India wanted. You may not have read the ruling of the International Court of Justice.
On this occasion, while reading the judgment of the court, he said that paragraph 146 of the judgment is that this judgment has to be reviewed and this is the law which will ensure the review.
The federal law minister said that this is the law that the opposition should have passed together, but the opposition today tried to achieve Indian goals.
Opposition speaks Indian language on Clubbhushan issue: Shah Mehmood Qureshi
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the story of Kulbhushan was not told by us, you spoiled it, we are talking about the dignity of Pakistan but India wants to go to the International Court of Justice and say that Pakistan The recommendations of the International Court of Justice have not been implemented and we are saying that we want to give them access to the consul.
“I am surprised that the opposition benches are hearing India's position, not Pakistan's. They are speaking India's language today,” he said.
He criticized the opposition members and said that we want the laws that are on the agenda to be passed. Some members have asked the standing committee to send a bill but the opposition members do not come to discuss a bill when it goes to the standing committee. The opposition has done the same on election reforms.
After the bill was passed, Law Minister Forough Naseem said that Kulbhushan was not given consular access during the PML-N era. The International Court of Justice has explicitly called for an appeals law. Had the bill not been passed, India would have gone to the United Nations and filed a contempt of court case in the International Court of Justice.
Background to the Clubbhushan Magic case
According to the Pakistani government, the present service officer of the Indian Navy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, was a spy for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of the Indian Secret Service, working under the false name of Hussain Mubarak Patel.
Authorities say Clubbhushan was arrested March 3, 2016, during an operation in the Mashkeel area of Balochistan.
In 2017, a military court sentenced Clubbhushan to death for espionage. On May 8, 2017, India appealed to the International Court of Justice against the death sentence of Kulbhushan.
On May 18, 2017, the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Clubbhushan until the final verdict was announced by the court.
On July 17, 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected India's request for Kalbhushan's release and asked Pakistan to reconsider Kalbhushan's death sentence by a military court.
The International Court of Justice also asked for consular access to Clubbhushan, on which Pakistan arranged a meeting of the Indian Consul with Clubbhushan.
In Pakistan, the government had enacted legislation through an ordinance before introducing the bill, but the ordinance was extended twice and when there was no scope for further extension, it was introduced in the Assembly for formal legislation.
During the hearing in the case in the Islamabad High Court, Kulbhushan has so far not hired a lawyer and no lawyer has been appointed by the High Commission. However, it is likely that after the new legislation, Clubbhushan will appeal to the Islamabad High Court.
India has asked for an Indian lawyer to be sent to Pakistan in this regard, but under Pakistani law, there is no scope for a foreigner to appear in Pakistani courts.
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