New Delhi: A day after the International Court of Justice ordered a review of the death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav, India Thursday asked Pakistan to release the former Navy officer forthwith and vowed to vigorously continue efforts to bring him back.Making a statement in both houses of Parliament on the ICJ judgement, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “Pakistan was found to have deprived India of the right to communicate with Jadhav, have access to him, visit him in detention and arrange his legal representation.” Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him. His forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality,” he said. “We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate him forthwith,” the minister said. The International Court of Justice on Wednesday directed Pakistan to suspend the death sentence given in 2017 to Jadhav on charges of espionage and sabotage. “The Government will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure his safety and wellbeing, as well as his early return to India,” Jaishankar said as members cutting across party lines welcomed the landmark judgement by thumping benches. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today demanded President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the Executive Presidency as promised before he won the 2015 election.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the main election pledge given by the Government was that the executive powers of the President will be abolished. He said that through the 19th Amendment the Government only amended the powers of the Executive Presidential system. Dissanayake says the JVP also hopes to meet President Maithripala Sirisena in this regard. (Colombo Gazette) “But the President was given a mandate to abolish the Executive Presidency,” Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. As a result, Anura Kumara Dissanayake says the JVP will launch a campaign to push for the Executive Presidency to be abolished.He also said that the JVP has had talks with the Tamil National Alliance, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the Communist Party on a new Constitution.