How Pakistani media reported ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence

Pakistan suffered a setback as the ICJ put a stay on the execution of former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 1:41 pm
kulbhushan jadhav, kulbhushan jadhav verdict, pakistani media, pakistan media ICJ, ICJ verdict, jadhav case, pakistan media kulbhushan jadhav Presiding Judge Ronny Abraham of France (far right) and other judges enter the International Court of Justice courtroom at The Hague on Thursday. AP photo

The stay on the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday has been a setback for Pakistan. That country’s military court had sentenced Jadhav to death on charges of espionage and subversive activities. But the ICJ rejected Pakistani claims of due process and arguments of sovereignty and was unanimous in its verdict by the 11-judge bench. However, at the same time, the court did not issue directions on consular access to Jadhav that has been demanded by India.

Here’s how the Pakistani media has reported on the ICJ verdict:

DAWN

One of Pakistan’s widely-read English language newspapers, Dawn, said in a front-page report headlined ‘Setback as ICJ ‘stays’ Indian spy’s execution’ that the court has restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav until a final verdict in the case. The report quoted Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali saying that the ICJ ruling changed nothing and that Jadhav still had time to petition for clemency. He added that Pakistan would appoint an ad hoc judge to the ICJ when formal proceedings begin. Jadhav also has not exhausted all the forums of appeal available to him, the attorney general said.

In another report, the newspaper talked of criticism at home over the manner in which Pakistan handled the case. DawnNews quoted Justice Shaiq Usmani saying the decision was ‘alarming’ as the world court does not have jurisdiction. “It’s Pakistan’s mistake to have appeared there. They shouldn’t have attended. They have shot themselves in the foot,” he was quoted saying.

Another DAWN report quoted the country’s legal experts assailing the ICJ over its question of jurisdiction. Dr Farogh Naseem, former Pakistan Bar Council vice chairman, said the country should have withdrawn its declaration it submitted on March 29 accepting the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ.

The Express Tribune

Apart from a news report on the ICJ stay on Jadhav’s death sentence, the front page of ‘The Express Tribune’ has a report quoting legal experts blaming the foreign office’s officials for poor handling of the case. A senior lawyer told the newspaper that the legal wing of the office needs to be revamped as the officials could not offer proper advice to the counsel in the Jadhav case.

Another report quoted the government saying ‘all is not lost’ with respect to the case. Sartaj Aziz, advisor to prime minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs, said the ICJ had yet to adjudicate on the matter of jurisdiction and the merits of the case. Meanwhile the opposition parties have slammed the way Pakistan handled the case at the world court.

The News International

Another English language newspaper, The News International, reported on the ICJ judgment. It also quoted Sartaj Aziz saying a stay by the world court in the case was not ‘unusual.’ Stay is granted in most of the appeals, he told reporters.

In another report, it quoted the Foreign Office spokesperson saying the ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear Jadhav’s case as it pertains to ‘Pakistan’s national interest.’

Dunya News

An interview of Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif carried by Dunya News said the Jadhav case ‘is an issue of Pakistan’s national security and there will be no compromise on it.’ “ICJ has only granted formal stay on the death sentence of Jadhav,” he said.

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    Dharamvir Saihgal
    May 20, 2017 at 1:37 am
    It is quite clear that not only the government and the army,but majority of s,some of whom may even be learned and understanding,are bent upon negating the innocence of the one who is innocent beyond any doubt.God forbid,had it been in India,majority of Indians would have stood by the innocent victim.It is a matter of statistics,when a person is killed in war,but such a brutal murder must not be tolerated,accepted and approved by any civilised society as a w .I wish good sense may prevail upon the intelligences in Pak and they may pressurise their authorities to be considerate and set free the one who has falsely been implicated.
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      SRajan
      May 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm
      What was handed out by ICJ is not a final verdict. Jadhav has been sentenced to death not for any of his action as alleged by stan. In his death, it wants to avenge the kil s of Kashmiris in the valley. It is now a political issue. India should press diplomacy into service to get Jadhav back to India alive.
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        Ramakrishnan Iyer
        May 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm
        We should not shout on the top of our voice we have won. Stay is not final order. Further, if the same court gies final order in faour of Pak, shall we blame ICJ? None of us can judge Pak. They will find some other way. Let us wait for Jadhav to come to India. I will celebrate then.
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          Myrake
          May 19, 2017 at 11:17 pm
          India Intelligentsia should stop themselves from presenting India as if it is in a cricket match. Real life behavior should be more serious and meaningful!
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            Krishnan
            May 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm
            Unlike the I.E. even Pak newspapers are not claiming that the match is level at 1-1.
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              THATHAMAN
              May 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm
              HALLO! WE HAVE NOT WON THE CASE YET IT ONLY A TEMPRORY RELEIF. STILL THE GUY IS IN PEKISTHAN MILTARY CUSTODY. THOSE MADE BUTCHERS MAY SEND HIS TORSO TO MODI. SO DON'T CRY ON IE AND HOPE YOU BHAKTHS HAVE ALREADY DECIDED TO CELEBRATE VIJAY DIWAS FOR 56 " CHEST. FOOLS
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                Murthy
                May 20, 2017 at 5:28 am
                Thanks, "blahblahman"... 'Krishnan' is making a point that is too subtle for your noisy brain....
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              SubbuI
              May 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm
              CHINA WILL SWALLOW PEKISTHAN AND MAKE IN TO A SMALL PROVINCE AND NAME IT PAKCHINISTHAN AND MAKE ALL PORKYS SLAVES TO WORK 15 HOURS ADAY FOR MAKING SILK ROUTE AND SO ON. THESE PORKI BA@@@@@RD REALY DESERVE THAT.
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                indian
                May 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm
                Just leave U Porki ...Ur new Abbu China has now purchased your all county and Respect ..Be ready to dance on Chinese tune and lick their feet . Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ...Chinese r real bast _ard who made slave to most Basta rd_species( Porki ) of the Earth . ...LOL
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                  indian
                  May 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm
                  Just leave U Porki ...Ur new Abbu China has now purchased your all county and Respect ..Be ready to dance on Chinese tune and lick their feet . Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ...Chinese r real who made slave to most species( Porki ) of the Earth . ...LOL
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                    indian
                    May 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm
                    Poor Porki ....They are on the verge of loosing their country ,Respect and all to Chinese ...Chinese are their Real "Baap " now . They must learn to lick the foot of Chinese ...
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                      malik
                      May 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm
                      former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav lol what the fak he doing in stan he is very innocent hahahhaah hindu stani lier
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                        Ashutosh Shukla
                        May 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm
                        Implanting young RAW children in moms
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                          Manoj Mishra
                          May 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm
                          Teri
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                            Venkat Pokkunuri
                            May 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm
                            how much are your daily wages for washing dishes in chinese houses? why cant you try for a comedian position in bollywood? more money
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                            Rici
                            May 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm
                            If stan do not respect international agreements than why India should abide by Indus water treaty.
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                              T M Kumar
                              May 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm
                              stan should defend themselves by stating that stan is a banana republic, terrorist state, our military routinely mutilates and behead dead enemy soldiers, and a rough state and ICJ is not applicable to such country.
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                                Albert
                                May 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm
                                stan wants Afghanistan to follow Vienna convention to shield its illegal diplomats action in Afghanistan, but will shrug, complain and say ICJ has no jurisdiction in Jadhavs case of not giving consular access. What hypocrisy!.
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                                  Albert
                                  May 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm
                                  I meant to say stan, only stan landed in the comment.
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                                  SAMAR
                                  May 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm
                                  the understanding of eminent judges, ministers & politicians about laws in general is shamefully insignificant. At least their remarks shows their ignorance about laws and stan knows that it has taken a beating at the international court in jadhav's case and this subsequent denial by the authorities is a sign that pak doesn't believe in international co-existence.
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                                    rameshnk
                                    May 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm
                                    I am sure all the top bosses of stan army, Mr.Sharief & Co and top ichelons of ISI would have recived decent kickbacks from Mr.Xi of China for the CPEC. So whatever may be the benefit or otherwise for stan , these gentlemen sure would have fat bank deposits lasting generations. China sure knows ho to do business!!!
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                                      Mangesh Pradhan
                                      May 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm
                                      they must have executed Jadhav and hence not allowing to meet anybody. One fine day they will declare Jadhav died because of cough and cold!
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                                        john
                                        May 19, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                                        True...but they would sill have to provide India with a corpse, and if in case an autopsy and forensics have to prove any illegal doings even on international level, they are in for the biggest shock worldwide. In short they are soon to get F D at an international level.
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                                          rajani kant
                                          May 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                                          cCan't they do the same to what they did to sarabjit singh, stating that other (Pak) prisoners killed him during a scuffle which actually was nothing but a drama by pak & thus got absolved of their crime. Can anybody deny that this can't happen to KJ or is it possible for India to stop the drama? Moreover, what can ICJ or for that matter international HR community can do in an incident like this. Whatever it is the rope is in the hands of a criminal-country and no amount of cry or for that matter laugh on ICJ's stay would change the virtual ground situation 'cause as long as China, the Baap of Pak, neo-imperialist and an emerging supra-power (who doesn't care about international norms/principles) is with the rogue Pak. China has created two rogues, Pak and N Korea, to trouble the world in order to emerge as a super power challenging the new world order since the US, the Western countries and especially Russia are the second fiddle in the world forum today.
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                                          Venkat Pokkunuri
                                          May 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm
                                          A real possibility
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                                          raghav
                                          May 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                                          There will be atleast one pak newspaper which will have a le.. " India f.u.cks Pak Internationally" hahahahahaha
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                                            Jibran
                                            May 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                                            This is Indian Express You were the last ins ute I thought of not puting Indian people in denial,but you have also suc bed to MODI Regime Anyway Don't quote misleading News,See What Dawn Reported. ' stan didn't fail': 5 things you should know about ICJ's decision on Jadhav. The Court notes that the issues brought before it in this case do not concern the question whether a State is en led to resort to the death penalty. As it has observed in the past, “the function of this Court is to resolve international legal disputes between States, inter alia when they arise out of the interpretation or application of international conventions, and not to act as a court of criminal appeal” (LaG (Germany v. United States of America), Provisional Measures, Order of 3 March 1999, I.C.J. Reports 1999 (I), p. 15, para. 25; Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States of America), Provisional Measures, Order of 5 February 2003, I.C.J. Reports 2003, p. 89, para. 48).
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                                              Rakesh Pandit
                                              May 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm
                                              Bhikhari stan loses first round. Now they will dance before Saudi Arabiya for more money to fight this case. Mujrewaliya......
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                                                Jibran
                                                May 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm
                                                What Else can i Expect from You When your PM follows People on Twitter Who believe in Abuse and Raping Bhikaristan,Porkistan,Say Whatever you want India is the BEST SInce their PM is So So innocent As he has a bloodshed of 3000 Muslims on his head.
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                                                  Mc Douglas
                                                  May 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                                                  Be patient and see PANDIT ji.........Dhotee mein hawa bher lo,aur Pooja Wooja ker lo,yad rakhna yeh hawa nikalne b hai.....
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                                                    Jibran
                                                    May 19, 2017 at 4:27 pm
                                                    Hawa ki zurat nhi hamay,tumhay hain Because My gut fee is thatHe must be Under Rats for them to feed the rats We on ur FLAG everyday here Hamari hawa ki baaat kar rahay ho BC 70 saalu say Pathru ka jawab yu say detay ho Coward Nation @MC douglas
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                                                    The Warlock
                                                    May 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm
                                                    Instead of worrying about what this newspaper is covering, question your authorities. Why they did not give consular access? What are you afraid of? stani people are in denial mode. Stop worshipping army and give a chance to your civilian government to do something meaningful for the society. Government bashing plays into the hands of the army. Indian record is relatively better when it comes to responsible and accountable ins utions. Save your country from army.
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                                                      Manoj Mishra
                                                      May 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm
                                                      Abhi toh aur maarenge. Sirf 3000 nahi 15 crore ko maarenge
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