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National Assembly Panel Okays Bill for Review of Jadhav’s Conviction

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ISLAMABAD, 22 October 2021 (Media Report):  Amid stiff resistance offered by opposition parties, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved on Wednesday a government bill that seeks a review of conviction of Indian spy Commander KulbhushanJadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court for espionage and terrorism.

Opposing the bill, the committee’s members from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) termed the bill an National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) for the Indian spy.

Taking part in the debate, federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem rejected the opposition’s criticism of the bill — titled “the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance”  and said it had been introduced in compliance with directives of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

On 3 March 2016, Jadhav illegally entered Pakistan and was arrested by the Pakistani officials during a counterintelligence operation in Balochistan. The spy confessed to his association with the Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, and to his involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in different parts of Balochistan and Sindh. He was later sentenced to death by a military court.

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