Wednesday, July 28, 2021
400 July

Pension 1500 gif

Shaheed 50 lakh gif

Kisan Karza 5.64 lakh gif

Kisan 48 hours gif

Ashirwad 51000 gif

Markfed New Gif

Innocent Admission

Kulbhushan Yadav must be transferred to a neutral country – by Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza

- Advertisement -
On June 11, in a bold move, Pakistans National Assembly managed to pass a bill that would give Kulbhushan Yadav, the Indian national and former naval officer, the right to appeal against accusations of espionage.

Yadav was awarded death sentence by a Pakistan military court in April 2017. In May of the same year, India approached The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) complaining that Pakistan had denied consular access to Yadav.

The ICJ successfully got a restraining order against the death sentence till the case was adjudicated.

In July 2019, the ICJ came up with its verdict. It demanded that Pakistan must review the death sentence. Forced by the ICJ verdict, Pakistan then granted India consular access to Yadav.

It is in the light of the ICJ verdict, that demands that he should be granted the right to appeal, that the National Assembly has passed the bill that would now allow him the right of appeal.

Although Pakistan passed the bill, the question is who will be reviewing the appeal when one is submitted? Given the hostile right-wing religious domestic environment in Pakistan towards India in general and Yadav in particular there is convincing evidence that the decision against the appeal will be influenced by forces that manipulate public opinion to exert pressure of the judicial system and the subsequent decisions taken by Pakistani courts.

Hence, Pakistan must allow Indian lawyers access to meet Yadav and prepare his appeal against the death sentence as well as his honourable repatriation to India.

The court that should be set up in order to listen to the arguments of the defendant should be comprised of judges from a neutral country and the hearing should also take place in a neutral country.

Meanwhile, in my opinion Yadav should be transferred to a prison in a neutral country too. His life is in constant danger in Pakistan since the negative hype created by the media and right-wing clergy in Pakistan has already induced in the psyche of the majority of Pakistani population that he is guilty as charged i.e. of involvement in anti-Pakistani state activities.

No substantial proof of his involvement in espionage activities has thus far convincingly been established. All we know about him is that he was an Indian businessman trading in Iran who was allegedly kidnapped and brought to Pakistan.

To ensure that Yadav gets a fair hearing at the appeal, he must be transferred to a prison in a neutral country where a neutral panel of judges should hear the arguments presented against the accusations made by the Pakistani military. Currently, he remains in the custody of the Pakistan military.

Subscribe to YesPunjab Telegram Channel & receive important news updates

- Advertisement -

Yes Punjab - TOP STORIES

Punjab News

Sikh News

Transfers, Postings, Promotions

- Advertisement -spot_img

Stay Connected

20,369FansLike
111,906FollowersFollow

ENTERTAINMENT

National

GLOBAL

OPINION

Attack on Chinese in Pakistan

Who is behind the attack on Chinese in Pakistan – by Amjad Ayub Mirza

The deadly attack, carried out on July 15, on a coach carrying Chinese engineers to an under-construction tunnel site at the 4300 MW Dasu...
Coexistence

Coexistence, a unifying factor for Indians – by Asad Mirza

For most political parties, sociologists and psephologists what a common Indian on the street thinks matters most. It is an insight into a common...
Taliban Afghanistan

Taliban’s Next Stop: Kabul, Kashmir and Kerala – by Amjad Ayub Mirza

The speedy advance of the Taliban from northern Afghanistan to Kabul in the eastern section of the country could not have been achieved without...

SPORTS

Health & Fitness

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding results in a healthier mother-child duo

New Delhi, July 27, 2021- According to the World Health Organisation, breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. However, nearly two out of three infants are not exclusively breastfed for the recommended 6 months -- a rate that has not improved in 2 decades. Shelly Singh, Senior Consultant at Rosewalk Hospital, shares why...

Gadgets & Tech

error: Content is protected !!