Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at the weekly media briefing whether Pakistan would take Kashmir issue to the ICJ. Instead of saying a direct yes or no, he indicated that the issue was being considered by the legal experts.
With Justice Dalveer Bhandari filling in the final place on the bench of ICJ, this will be the first time that there will be no British representation in the World Court. The UK media has lamented on how the decision is “a symbol of Britain’s reduced status on the world stage.”
Russia, among the many countries which congratulated India for its re-election to the International Court of Justice, said it demonstrated the strength of the global community.
Dalveer Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.
Greenwood, 62, received nine votes as against five by Bhandari in the Security Council. As per ICJ rules, the candidates need to gain majority in both the General assembly and Security Council to be declared elected.
Six rounds of voting were held in the General Assembly on Monday, and in total, 11 rounds have been held to date, said Brenden Varma, Spokesperson of the UN General Assembly President.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor accuses Britain of trying to stall the will of the majority of the United Nations General Assembly
Pakistan said that it has received India’s written pleadings to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is hearing the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage.
Pakistan government’s functionaries have started consultations for the nomination of an ad-hoc judge, Express Tribune reported, citing sources.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the ICJ registrar at Peace Palace in The Hague that General Ausaf would be the ‘agent’ for Pakistan in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case whereas Foreign Affairs Director General Dr Mohammad Faisal would continue to act as the “co-agent’.
Earlier in the day Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had claimed that in his plea, Jadhav “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in Pakistan and “expressed remorse” at the resultant loss of lives and extensive damage to property.
India filed Bhandari’s re-nomination on Monday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres here, well ahead of the July 3 deadline.
The Ministry of External Affairs’s official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the timelines had been decided in the June 8 meeting between ICJ President Ronny Abraham and representatives of the two countries.
AG Ashtar Ausaf Ali claims India had asked the ICJ to offer it time till December to file pleadings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, but the court dismissed its request.
Jadhav’s case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.