Kulbhushan case: Pakistan turns down India's request for Queen's Counsel

Pakistan on Friday categorically rejected any possibility of allowing a Queen’s Counsel by India to represent

By - Sentinel Digital Desk
Update: 2020-09-20 06:09 GMT

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday categorically rejected any possibility of allowing a Queen's Counsel by India to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is currently on death-row in a Pakistan jail.

During a weekly press briefing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that allowing a Queen's Counsel to Jadhav was out of the question.

"Allowing a Queen's Counsel for Jadhav is out of the question as only a lawyer with licence to practice in Pakistan can appear before the court," he said.

Queen's Counsel is a barrister appointed as Counsel to the UK's crown on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor. Jadhav's case is currently being heard in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which gave India another chance to appoint and represent Jadhav during the last hearing.

However, India's latest demand has been rejected by Islamabad, stating that it has already provided consular access to Jadhav besides giving an open call to India to appoint a lawyer to represent him in the court. (IANS)

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