NEW DELHI: India is expected to take a decision in the next few days on whether or not to seek a review, as asked by Islamabad, of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentencing by a Pakistani military court. The May 20 Pakistani ordinance meant to facilitate the review, as claimed by Islamabad, allows Indian time only up to July 20 to convey its decision.
Pakistan’s refusal to allow India remedial consular access, meaning private and unrestricted, and also a lawyer from outside Pakistan to represent him has left India with little choice. The review offered by Pakistan is purely on its own terms. India also doubts Pakistan’s motive in introducing an ordinance when Islamabad had said in the past that there were already laws which allowed for a review of Jadhav’s death sentence.
Despite the International Court of Justice ruling asking for an effective review and reconsideration of sentence, Pakistan has failed to make up for fact that it failed to provide consular access to Jadhav before it recorded his “confessions”. India has repeatedly told Islamabad that it’s incumbent on Pakistan to provide consular access “in private” in an environment free from fear of intimidation to fulfil ICJ judgment mandate.