Pakistan to amend its Army Act in order to let Kulbhulshan Jadhav appear at the civil court to fight for his case months after the International Court of Justice ordered the government to give him his rights.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested by the Pakistani army from Balochistan during a counter-intelligence operation on charges of spying and terrorism. The government accused him of being a naval officer who was present on a secret mission. The Indian government agreed on his naval presence but said that he had taken early retirement and that there were no current links with him. He was sentenced to death but the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan to suspend the death sentence while denying India’s plea to release him. However, after the ICJ’s verdict, Pakistan will amend its Army Act letting Kulbhulshan appear in the civil court as opposed to the current law which restricts him from filing a plea in the civil court.
People shared their view on the development of Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Twitter:
Pakistan govt is likely to amend its laws giving Kulbhushan Jadhav rights to appeal in civil court
Months after ICJ verdict in Jadhav case asked Pak to give Indian national his rights
— Hemir Desai (@hemirdesai) November 13, 2019
— Zakia (@786__Zakia) November 13, 2019
This could be considered as a major reform process to make Pak military court more transparent bcz amendment opens the gate for others in Pak to appeal against Pak mil. courts. #kulbhushanjadhav https://t.co/OYZ2Tnihh3
— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) November 13, 2019
#BigBreaking International Court of Justice decision forced Pakistan to give the right of appeal to #KulbhushanJadhav. As per sources, Pakistan is amending its Army Act to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to file an appeal in a civilian court. #ICJ pic.twitter.com/XXW2zKLsu0
— Ritam | ऋतम् (@TheRitamApp) November 13, 2019
— DBPOST (@dbpostnews) November 13, 2019
The case being tried under Military courts and the Army Act law forbade such individuals or groups from filing an appeal and seeking justice from the civilian court but a special amendment is being made for #KulbhushanJadhav. https://t.co/m6HuiOvBmx
— NewsMobile (@NewsMobileIndia) November 13, 2019
I m sure soul of @SushmaSwaraj would b elated with this news…
Breaking : Relief for Jadhav.
Pak 2 amend army act as per international Court of Justice n case 2 b heard in Civilian court.
Thank U @harishsalvee
— Madhavi Bhuta (@MadhaviBhuta) November 13, 2019
Pakistan set to modify Army Act to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav appeal against conviction in civilian court pic.twitter.com/X1ZU50A5Jy
— Nitish Shekhawat (@nitishshekhawa1) November 13, 2019