New Delhi: India has once again called for the immediate release of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen who was imprisoned and sentenced to death in Pakistan.
"We ask Pakistan to remove the deficiency in the ICJ (Review and Reconsideration) Bill, 2020 passed by the Pakistan National Assembly. To take appropriate steps and follow the decision of ICJ in letter and spirit," Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said at a press conference.
Apart from this, India and Pakistan have cleared all pending assignment visas yesterday.
Kulbhushan Jadhav will be able to appeal against the sentence
Recently the government of Pakistan passed a bill from the National Assembly, under which Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav has been given the right to appeal against the death sentence.
The lower house of the Pakistan Parliament last week approved the ICJ (Review and Reconsideration) Bill 2020. The bill also allows for consular access to Jadhav as ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Islamabad High Court has adjourned till October 5 the hearing on the government's plea to appoint a lawyer for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on the request of Attorney General (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan. The court also issued notice to the counsel for the High Commission of India to appear before the court on the next date of hearing.
Regarding fugitive Mehul Choksi, Arindam Bagchi said that legal action is being taken regarding this. The Government of India is actively engaged with the Dominican Government to demand the speedy deportation of Mehul Choksi to face justice in our country.
Regarding the vaccine passport, he said, "we will support the discussion on the topic of vaccine passport with a greater focus on vaccine equity. I have no idea about any passport issuance of vaccine by India."
Arindam Bagchi said that the issue of Afghanistan was discussed during the visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to Qatar. US Special Representative for Reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad was in Doha during the Foreign Minister's visit and called on the Secretary of State to brief him on the recent developments in Afghanistan.