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’.
“The Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav’s case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said
The FO remarks came a day after the two countries exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals, including nearly 500 fishermen, are languishing in jails in that country.
“India again requested Pakistan to grant full and early consular access to the Indian nationals lodged in the custody of Pakistan, including Hamid Nehal Ansari and Kulbhushan Jadhav,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement in Delhi.
The ministry was quoted by ANI as saying, “Again requested Pakistan to grant consular access to Indians lodged in their custody including Hamid Nehal Ansari and Kulbhushan Jadhav.”
India had also forwarded a mercy petition filed by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother, though the fate of that petition is unclear. India has not been granted consular access to Jadhav, and has maintained that it does not have any information about Jadhav’s well-being.
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.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: The ISPR statement further stated that Jadhav had earlier appealed to the Military Appellate Court which was rejected.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: In a Twitter post, Pakistan Armed Forces’ official spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said Jadhav filed a mercy petition to COAS ‘seeking forgiveness for his espionage, terrorist and subversive activities’.
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.
Retired Indian Navy officer, Jadhav, had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for alleged “involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan.”
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.
A delegation led by Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf will present the names to ICJ President Ronny Abraham at The Hague
“We will provide all support to him and his family. The country is doing all that can be done to secure his release,” said Lanba.
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.