India given three extra weeks to nominate lawyer for Kulbhushan

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) gave the Indian government another opportunity on Tuesday to appoint an attorney for its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and adjourned the hearing until January 14.

The court noted that it is our responsibility to ensure a fair trial in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. A major IHC bank held the government petition hearing to appoint a lawyer for the Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah noted that it was our responsibility to ensure a fair trial in the Kulbhushan case. He asked the attorney who represents the Indian High Commission in Islamabad how is India doing on this case?

HC Indian attorney Barrister Shahnawaz quoted the High Commission as saying that the Indian Foreign Ministry is holding meetings on the matter in Delhi.

Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan told the bank that the government was ready to give India consular access to Jadhav for the third time.

Barrister Shahnawaz said India was concerned about the imprisonment of its national Muhammad Ismail even though he had completed his sentence.

At this IHC, the Chief Justice noted that if there is no bar, the prisoner should be released.

The attorney general replied that this offense concerns the Official Secrets Act.

The Indian High Commission attorney asked the court to give the Indian government three weeks to make the decision to appoint an attorney for Kulbhushan Jadhav. The court later adjourned the hearing until January 14.