Marshall islands nuclear case rejection vindication of Pakistan stance: Foreign Office

The 16-judge bench at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Wednesday dismissed the cases against India, Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:October 5, 2016 10:03 pm
Judges, with presiding judge Ronny Abraham of France, second right, re-enter the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 to read the verdict in the case of the Marshall Island versus Pakistan. The Marshall Island are taking India, Pakistan and the U.K. to court to urge those powers to resume negotiations to eradicate the world's nuclear stockpile, three separate rulings were handed down. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  The Marshall Island are taking India, Pakistan and the U.K. to court to urge those powers to resume negotiations to eradicate the world’s nuclear stockpile, three separate rulings were handed down. (AP Photo)

Pakistan Wednesday said the rejection of a landmark case brought against it by the Marshall Islands by the UN’s highest court was a vindication of its stance that its nuclear programme was for national defence and security.

The 16-judge bench at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Wednesday dismissed the cases against India, Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race.

“The decision of the court is a vindication of Pakistan’s stance that its nuclear programme is a matter of its national defense and security which falls exclusively within its domestic jurisdiction,” the Foreign Office said in a release.

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“The court upheld the strong counter-arguments put forth by Pakistan,” it said and added that “there was no dispute, let alone a legal dispute,” that existed between the Marshall Islands and Pakistan.

The Marshall Islands had filed suits at the ICJ against all the nine states – China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia and the United States, India, Pakistan, United Kingdon – possessing nuclear weapons. Israel has never formally admitted to having nuclear weapons.