Pakistan’s Islamabad High Court (IHC) fixed the hearing of the case related to the appointment of defence counsel for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on October 6, according to Pakistan media reports.
Earlier in September, Pakistan had rejected India’s demand that an Indian lawyer or a Queen counsel should be appointed in Kulbhushan Jadhav case to ensure a free and fair trial.
“Allowing a Queen’s Counsel for Jadhav is out of the question as only a lawyer with a license to practice in Pakistan can appear before the court,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudri had said at a press briefing.
Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in 2016 on charges of espionage. India has rejected Pakistan’s allegations and said he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar. In early 2017, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to death.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) had upheld India’s claim that Pakistan has committed an egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on several counts.
(With ANI inputs)