A court in Pakistan on Wednesday urged India to cooperate with the legal proceedings in the case against former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying the matter had international ramifications and concerned the “life of a human being”, Dawn reported.
A three-member bench of the Islamabad High Court, comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, was hearing the petition by Pakistan’s Ministry of Law and Justice seeking the appointment of a lawyer for Jadhav.
So far, Islamabad has said that the advocate should be a Pakistani national. But India wants Jadhav to be represented by an Indian lawyer.
During the hearing on Wednesday, Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan said that in order to comply with the International Court of Justice’s decision, Pakistani government had drafted a law to provide consular access to Jadhav. But Indian authorities, he alleged, deliberately avoided joining the court’s proceedings.
Khan added that New Delhi was raising objections to a trial before a Pakistani court and had declined to even appoint a counsel for the court’s proceedings, saying it “is tantamount to surrendering sovereign rights”.