Friday, April 14, 2017

Welcome to Lahore (but don't expect to find an attorney)

Even though it's only April and there's already stiff competition, Global Military Justice Reform today confers the George III award on the Lahore High Court Bar Association for Worst Decision of the Year. Consider this:
Lahore High Court’s Bar Association said on Friday that it would take action against any lawyer who extended his services to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. 
"The LHCBA has unanimously decided to cancel the membership of any lawyer who offers his services to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav," Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary-General Amer Saeed Raan said after a meeting of the bar on Friday. 
He said the bar has asked the government not to “bow to any foreign pressure”. 
"India has declared Jadhav its son and is putting pressure on the Pakistani government for his release. We demand that the Indian spy who is involved in playing with lives of Pakistanis should not be spared and the government (should) ensure his hanging," he said. 
Earlier, Pakistan's top military commanders under army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa made it clear that "no compromise" shall be made on such "anti-state acts". 
Jadhav’s death sentence was confirmed by army chief Gen Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial found him guilty of "espionage and sabotage activities" in Pakistan. 
Although India has acknowledged that Jadhav had served in the navy, but it denies charges of Jadhav being a spy. It claims that Jadhav was abducted from Iran, a charge Pakistan denies.
Obviously, this case is a bone of contention between the two countries, but really! Shame!

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