India has failed to appoint counsel for Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Islamabad High Court

India has failed to appoint a counsel to represent death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav in the case of the review of his death sentence by a military court in Pakistan said the islamic high court.Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan on charges of alleged espionage, and sentenced to death by a military court the following year.The three-judge bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Judge Aamer Farooq and Judge Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb observed that the government of India has not made any attempt “to approach this Court directly, despite opportunities extended in this regard.”
Earlier, India had requested that Kulbhushan Jadhav be represented by an Indian lawyer or the Queen’s Counsel, but Pakistan has continuously rejected this demand of India.
However, the two lawyers submitted a reply to the court saying that it was a matter of honour for them to be appointed as judicial assistants.

The court has adjourned the hearing in the case till November 9.

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