The Pakistan Parliament on Wednesday enacted a law that will give former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to appeal against his conviction and death sentence, reported the Dawn.

A Pakistani military court had sentenced Jadhav to death in April 2017 for allegedly spying for India. Jadhav’s execution was stopped after India moved the International Court of Justice against the verdict in May 2017.

In July 2019, the International Court of Justice directed Pakistan to give India consular access to Jadhav and also ensure a review of his conviction.

On Wednesday, a resolution moved by Pakistan’s Law Minister Farogh Nasim on the matter, was passed with majority of the members voting in favour.

The Pakistan Parliament’s joint session was comprised of members of the Senate and the National Assembly. The session was called to pass a series of laws – including the one related to Jadhav – that were approved by the National Assembly in June.

On June 10, the House had approved a bill that provided Jadhav the right for to file a review appeal against his conviction. The Bill is now pending an assent from Pakistan’s president.

The International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2021, will also allow Jadhav to have consular access in accordance with the verdict of the United Nations’ legal organ.

The Bill empowers High Courts to review…

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