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.
Qadir Baloch also said that the Foreign office was trying to obtain ‘solid evidence’ to solve the case. The ministry has also asked the Nepalese government to get in touch with the three Indians who are said to have received Habib at the Kathmandu airport.
On May 18, the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Kulbhushan Jadhav who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court after a secret trial.
Pakistan has declared Jadhav to be a Indian agent and spy, and a military court has sentenced him to death.
Qureshi criticised the Indian government and the media for running a vicious and baseless campaign against him
Radio Pakistan, quoted the National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as saying that the government and Pakistan Army will jointly fight the case.
Aziz added that there was insufficient time ahead of the hearing of the case and that the country would strengthen its legal team.
The International Court of Justice has stayed the execution of Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage.