Kulbhushan Jadhav’s verdict: Pakistan to get new team of lawyers to defend its case at ICJ

The Hague-based court had on Thursday stayed the execution of Jadhav, 46, considered to be a spy by Pakistan.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:May 19, 2017 4:28 pm
Kulbhusha jadhav, ICJ, Pakistan, Pakistan kulbhushan jadhav, International court of justice, Pak lawyers, Pak icj, india news, indian express news The announcement by Sartaj Aziz came amid criticism by experts and opposition leaders over the government’s handling of the case at the ICJ. (File photo)

Pakistan will constitute a new team of lawyers to “vigorously” present its case against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, the Prime Minister’s advisor on foreign affairs said today as the government faced flak over the handling of the case.

The announcement by Sartaj Aziz came amid criticism by experts and opposition leaders over the government’s handling of the case at the International Court of Justice.

The Hague-based court had on Thursday stayed the execution of Jadhav, 46, considered to be a spy by Pakistan.

The UN’s highest judicial body also asked Pakistan to take “all measures” to ensure that Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.

The ruling triggered criticism of the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) for its “poor handling” and also for its choice of UK-based Khawar Qureshi, who represented Pakistan’s case before the ICJ.

Aziz, however, maintained that Qureshi had “courageously” presented Pakistan’s case in the court, the Nation reported.

He said the ICJ had given its point of view on Jadhav’s case to get counselor access.

“Pakistan’s security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right,” Aziz was quoted as saying by the daily.

Pakistan, which announced the sentence on Jadhav on April 10, claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

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.

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    Murthy
    May 20, 2017 at 5:36 am
    From which Madrassa will this new team of lawyers be from ? One theory doing the rounds in my office is they will be from Jamat-ud-Dawa's main Madrassa in South La .
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      Nishant
      May 20, 2017 at 12:53 am
      What if Pathistan loses: 1. they will have to pay for the court's time. Perhaps one rupee to India. 2. they were so confident of win, that they chose to give a very fee to their lawyer (? under the table), so that they will get that from India eventually. 3. Most important, if they give counselor access, and Jadev confirms that Taliban abducted him from Iran...Pathistan's entire chain of command and personnel will be wiped out by India.
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        poo ki
        May 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
        Yeh, the secret weapon is going to be Bajwa with his AK47 threatening to nuke everyone in sight at the Hague!
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          PPrasad78
          May 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm
          stan also needs a new Army , they are no challenge for the Indian Armed Forces !
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            mytake
            May 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm
            If stan decides to violate international rules of engagement and norms uniliterally, India will be in its right to do the same, i.e. cancel all international agreements in has with stan, uniliterally. And that includeds agreements on water. Let stan fight to the extent it wants to fight.
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              Murthy
              May 20, 2017 at 5:32 am
              I agree... India should give up on the UPA habit of being on the 'defensive' always. Let us raise the stakes.... that West Punjabi rulers of Stan will understand.
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