“We call upon Pakistan to take appropriate steps to address the shortcomings in the bill,” Bagchi remarked during a press conference.
It all started on 10 June 2021, when the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a bill regarding the right of appeal to Indian death-row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav. According to Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the bill includes a provision for inviting the municipal court to decide whether any prejudice has been caused to Jadhav as a result of the failure to provide consular access in accordance to an International Court of Justice verdict (ICJ).
The spokesperson believes that the municipal court cannot arbitrate whether the state has fulfilled its obligations under international law or not. Mr. Bagchi also mentioned that Pakistan needs to comply with the Judgement of the ICJ in the case relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer condemned to death in April 2017 by a Pakistani military court on espionage and terrorism accusations.