ISLAMABAD: Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan has said before the Islamabad High Court that India has once again refused to be a part of the court proceedings related to Kulbhushan Yadav.
A larger bench headed by Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Justice Athar Minallah heard the law ministry’s request to provide counsel to Kulbhushan Yadav. Extraordinary security arrangements were made during the hearing, and unauthorized persons were not allowed to enter the court premises, only lawyers, concerned staff, sailan, and media were allowed to enter.
During the hearing, Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan told the court that the Foreign Ministry had informed the Indian Foreign Ministry on September 4 about the court order. On September 7, the Indian government responded to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. India raises objections to ordinance, consular access, and denial of Permission to Indian lawyer, India objects that Pakistan is not giving consular access properly Permission sought to present, India’s four objections are baseless.
The Attorney General told the court that India did not want to pursue the case on behalf of Kulbhushan Yadav, he was deliberately running away from the case, it seems that India has no interest in the future of Kulbhushan, he is political. As the case may be, the ordinance has been extended for 120 days. Under the ordinance, Kulbhushan may be part of the proceedings in person, through a consul or a representative. It is our constitutional responsibility to comply with all requirements of a fair trial. Therefore, when India andKulbhushan did not apply for a lawyer, the Law Secretary fulfilled the legal requirement. I request the court to appoint a lawyer for Kulbhushanto to proceed with the proceedings.