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
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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 Dr Farogh Naseem, former Pakistan Bar Council vice chairman, said the country should have withdrawn its declaration it submitted on March 29 accepting the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ.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
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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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