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India made a ‘serious mistake’ by going to ICJ over Kulbhushan Jadhav: Markandey Katju

In a post on Facebook, the former Supreme Court judge said India has given Pakistan an opportunity to approach ICJ for deciding Kashmir dispute.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 20, 2017 1:01 pm
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Former Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju in a social media post expressed concern over India’s move to file a case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan’s military court order to execute former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. In a post on Facebook, Katju said India has given Pakistan an opportunity to approach ICJ for deciding Kashmir dispute. “Pakistan must be very happy that we went to the ICJ over a single individual’s fate, as now they can raise all kinds of issues, particularly Kashmir, in international fora, to which we had always objected till now. By going to the ICJ we may have opened up a Pandora’s box,” he wrote.

Katju also said that it appears Pakistan’s minimal objection towards ICJ’s jurisdiction is because India has given it a chance to open up several other issues in front of the international court.

“…we have played into Pakistan’s hands, and given it a handle to open up many other issues . In fact that is why it seems that Pakistan did not seriously object to the jurisdiction of ICJ,” he said. He further said India can no longer object to ICJ’s jurisdiction, in case Pakistan approached the international court over Kashmir.  “Now it is certain that Pakistan will approach the ICJ for deciding the Kashmir dispute, and it will then hardly lie in our mouth to object to the jurisdiction of ICJ, since we cannot blow hot and cold together,” he said.

Earlier this week, ICJ announced its judgement in Jadhav’s case and ruled in favour of India, ordering a stay on the execution. Jadhav was given a death sentence by a Pakistani military court after he was found guilty on charges of espionage. India strongly reacted against the decision and denied the authenticity of “confession” video offered by Pakistan as proof. India moved to ICJ regarding the matter after Pakistan denied consular access to Jadhav after repeated requests.

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  1. Nagarjuna
    May 22, 2017 at 5:52 am
    I was pained to see various comments on this. The retired judge made his point on this particular subject. I am not sure about its correctness, but there is an issue to be seriously thought of. This is because we are rejecting any interference of international forums in the Kashmir issue. We are at liberty to agree or disagree with his views. Some people instead of responding to the subject, started making derogatory comments against the author. This only shows our immaturity and prejudicial approach.
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      Fazeel Khan
      May 21, 2017 at 6:05 pm
      Dear Indians, Please look at your double standards. In case of Mr. Jhadev you want justice to prevail and achieve it through intervention of international community. This is very nice and I appreciate it. But when it come to Kashmir you all want to run away from the very same forums and want to retain it by hooks or crook. This mentality has led both India and stan to nowhere since we got independence and our future will stay same unless we solve our issues in a just way once for all to prosper. Regards
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        shailendra khare
        May 21, 2017 at 8:32 am
        I wonder how people with such intelligence and poor common sense can rise to such heights. Pathetic is the only word. How come an issue pertaining to Jadahv allows stan to take Kashmir issue to international forum? Does Hon'ble Retired Justice mean that there should be no multi national or international dea s with stan? We need to carry world with us to deal with stan. Politics is an ever changing thing and we know that there are no permanent friends or foes in International politics. Gone are the days when we had the luxury of Soviet Union Veto for which we had to accept poor grade weapons and other items. Now stan has the luxury of China Veto and we have to plan accordingly.
        1. K
          May 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm
          there is nothing mentioned about Consular access. any way hie is not be hanged for 150 days. this is grace period for appeal. Hindu satan has blood on his hands
          1. V
            May 20, 2017 at 10:26 pm
            I am not a law man, but this guy is wrong. This was a criminal case not a political issue. Political issues are not decided by the court. They have to be taken to the U.N. general council which stan has done already. Israel has never agreed to execute U.N. resolution 267. Indian government knows this. By the way-did everyone forget that we have a Simla agreement with stan which was never adhered to by stan.
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