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Pakistan: Pakistan National Assembly passes bill to give right of appeal to Kulbhushan Jadhav

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Pakistan: Pakistan National Assembly passes bill to give right of appeal to Kulbhushan Jadhav

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Islamabad, June 11 : The government of Pakistan has passed a bill in the National Assembly amid uproar and boycott by the opposition to give right of appeal to convicted Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav. The lower house of Parliament on Thursday passed the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Bill, 2020. The bill aims to provide consular access to alleged Indian spy Jadhav in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling. Jadhav, 51, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism. India had moved the ICJ against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.

The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should “effectively review and reconsider” Jadhav’s conviction and sentencing decision and also give India an opportunity to provide consular access to Jadhav without delay. Should give. The International Court of Justice, in its 2019 verdict, had asked Pakistan to provide an appropriate forum to appeal against the sentence awarded to Jadhav. The National Assembly on Thursday evening passed 21 other bills, including this bill, bypassing opposition MPs’ demands for an adequate study of the bills. The government suspended the rules of business on the bill to get 21 bills passed in one sitting. Also read: Copa America 2021: Brazil and Argentina are strong contenders for the title in Copa America

After the bill was passed, Law Minister Farogh Naseem said that if he had not passed the bill, India would have gone to the UN Security Council and initiated contempt proceedings against Pakistan at the ICJ. Naseem said that the bill has been passed in view of the ICJ’s decision. He said that by passing the bill, he proved to the world that Pakistan is a “responsible nation”. The National Assembly also passed 20 other bills including the Election (Reform) Bill. Opposition members walked out of the house and pointed out the lack of quorum thrice, but each time the Speaker of the house declared sufficient numbers in the house and continued the business on which The opposition created a huge uproar. The opposition members came in front of the Speaker’s podium and raised slogans.

Criticizing the government’s move, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MP Ehsan Iqbal said the bill was included in the heavy legislative agenda to provide relief to Jadhav. Iqbal said that it was a person-specific bill and Jadhav’s name was included in the statement of objectives and reasons for the bill. He said that when the law of the land empowers the High Courts to review the sentences awarded by the military courts, then what was the need to bring this bill. In May last year, soon after the ICJ’s decision in Jadhav’s case, the government had already implemented the law by promulgating an ordinance. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked the Speaker to give some time to the members to study the bill. He criticized the government for first bringing the bill through an ordinance and then for giving relief to Jadhav by passing the bill. Also read: Pakistan: A man threw acid on a girl after she turned down a marriage proposal in Pakistan

Law Minister Naseem said that he was shocked to see the conduct of the opposition and it seems that the opposition did not read the ICJ verdict. From a technical or legal point of view, the passage of the bill will not matter as the government has already brought a special ordinance in May 2020 to implement the ICJ’s decision. The passage of the bill in the National Assembly is just a step towards finalizing the law. It will now be presented to the Senate and if the upper house passes it without any amendment, it will be sent to the President for approval. If the Senate passes it with amendments, it will be brought back to the National Assembly to pass with changes. If there is no consensus between the two houses, the bill will be passed with a simple majority in a joint sitting.

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Iraq: CTS claims 13 Islamic State terrorists killed

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Baghdad: Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Service (CTS) said its forces have killed 13 Islamic State (IS) terrorists across the country so far this month. CTS spokesman Sabah al-Numan told the official Iraqi news agency (INA) on Sunday that commandos carried out a series of security operations in June, killing 13 IS militants and several others. was arrested from the caves and hideout. Baghdad: Iraqi security forces kill 2 IS terrorists, 6 arrested

The CTS forces will continue their operation to nab IS militants, Xinhua news agency quoted al-Numan as saying. The operations were part of efforts to eliminate extremists IS militants, who intensified their attacks on security forces and civilians in previously controlled provinces, killing and wounding dozens.

The security situation in Iraq is improving as security forces completely defeated IS militants across the country in late 2017.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Naftali Bennett on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on taking oath as the Prime Minister of Israel, right-wing Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett (Naftali Bennett) on Monday and said that he is looking forward to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Israel: US President Joe Biden congratulated Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett over the phone

Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Naftali Bennett on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel. We complete 30 years of upgrading our diplomatic relations next year and I look forward to meeting you on this occasion and further strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.”

Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s prime minister on Sunday. With this, the tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been in the post of Prime Minister for 12 years, ended.

Prime Minister Modi lauded former Prime Minister Netanyahu at the end of his “successful” term and thanked his leadership for his personal focus on the India-Israel strategic partnership.

In Israel’s 120-member parliament ‘Knesset’ yesterday, 60 members voted in favor of the new government and 59 against it. During this one member remained absent. The new government has 27 ministers out of which nine are women.

Parties of different ideologies have formed an alliance for the new government. Among them there is also a party representing the Arab community along with right-wing, left, centrist. Mickey Levy of Yesh Etid Party was elected Speaker of Parliament. 67 members voted in his favor.

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Israel: US President Joe Biden congratulated Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett over the phone

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Israel: US President Joe Biden congratulated Israel's new PM Naftali Bennett over the phone

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Washington: US President Joe Biden has congratulated Naftali Bennett after being sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Israel. In a phone call with Bennett on Sunday, Biden spoke of his decades of support for bilateral ties and his unwavering commitment to Israel’s security, Xinhua news agency reported. Israel Embassy Explosion: NIA may investigate the blasts near Israel Embassy

The two leaders agreed to hold close discussions on regional security issues, including Iran, the statement said. “The president also conveyed that his administration intends to work closely with the Israeli government on efforts to advance peace, security and prosperity for Israel and the Palestinians,” he said.

Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Rights) party, was sworn in as the new Israeli prime minister on Sunday night. With this, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was the Prime Minister of the country for 12 consecutive years, has now gone into opposition.

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