New Delhi: India said Thursday that Pakistani attorney Barrister Shahnawaz Noon had “misrepresented” the Indian High Commission’s stance on Kulbhushan Jadhav. He “also appears to have acted under pressure from the Pakistani establishment” to make such statements “for which he has no authorization,” India added.
The Pakistani attorney said earlier this week that India’s Deputy Envoy Gaurav Ahluwalia would explain New Delhi’s stance on the appointment of a lawyer for Jadhav at the next hearing.
In fact, Noon was appointed on another case related to the release and repatriation of an Indian prisoner and he made those claims during the hearing on Pakistan’s case related to the appointment of a lawyer for Jadhav.
Foreign Ministry (MEA) spokesman Anurag Srivastava said: “Pakistan is trying to link the Kulbhushan Jadhav case to the case of another prisoner.”
Srivastava stated: “During the trial regarding (Indian national) Mohammad Ismail, the Pakistani Attorney General raised the matter regarding Jadhav, although the two cases are in no way related. It is reported that Noon gave the testimony that are not true and contrary to our point of view in the case “.
The Pakistani government has reached out to the Islamabad Supreme Court to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav to implement the 2019 World Court order. The judgment of the world court was a major diplomatic victory for India as it called on Pakistan to review the death sentence that was passed on it.
Srivastava said: “Noon misrepresented the position of the High Commission. The High Commission clearly told him that he cannot represent the Indian government or Kulbhushan Jadhav.”
The Indian mission in Islamabad has now written to the attorney and “repeated” that he “had no authority” to represent Jadhav and “had no basis to suggest that the Indian Cd’A would appear in court”. New Delhi has called for unhindered and unconditional consular access for Jadhav, which Islamabad has so far denied.