Will garner support to defend Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pak lawyer delegation
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Will garner support to defend Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pak lawyer delegation

The delegation said they will make efforts to provide civil counsel to Jadhav, who was declared a spy by Pakistan

punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2017 14:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association president Anmol Rattan Sidhu (seated extreme right) with Pakistan Supreme Court advocate Khalid Jamil (second from right) and other members of the delegation in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

A delegation of lawyers from Pakistan on Wednesday said that they will make effort to garner support from the community to defend Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan civil courts.

The lawyers’ delegation was addressing media persons at Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association (PHHCBA)office on the third day of their visit. The delegation includes Supreme Court of Pakistan advocate, Khalid Jamil, advocates from Lahore high court, Rana Mahmood Ahmad Joyia, Waseem Iqbal Butt, Mahmood Lashari, Muhammad Tayyab and Muhammad Latif.

“So far, the matter was being heard in a military court. Hence, he could not have been represented by lawyers from civil side. When we go back, we will make efforts so that he gets counsel to defend himself. We will take up the matter with various Bar associations so that he is defended in civil courts,” said, Mahmood Lashari, an advocate from Lahore high court.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national, was declared as a spy by Pakistan and a military court awarded him death sentence on April 10. Later on May 18, International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the execution. Jadhav, according to Pakistan, was arrested in March 2016 through a counter intelligence operation in Balochistan. India says Jadhav was abducted from Iran.

The six-member delegation is in Chandigarh on a goodwill tour and said that intelligentsia in both the countries need to work towards strengthening ties. The delegation members as well as Bar members blamed a section in both countries who vitiate the atmosphere and do not allow good relations between the South Asian neighbours.

In the meet, president of PHHCBA, Anmol Rattan Sidhu, said that a delegation of the high court will visit Pakistan in November.

First Published: Jul 06, 2017 14:40 IST