Pakistan moves ICJ to rehear Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Pak counsel Khawar Qureshi while presenting arguments before the ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan prime minister, said the global court has only stayed Jadhav's execution and has not given any order regarding consular access for him.

"Pakistan's arguments have been decimated in the court at The Hague".

Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer.

Officials of both the countries were present when the judge asked the registrar to communicate the order to both the parties.

Mizari said more shocking part is that Pakistan's case was actually argued by Director General South Asia of MFA Dr Muhammad Faisal despite presence of lawyers.

On May 18, the United Nations tribunal had asked Pakistan to not execute Kulbhushan Jadhav before they decide the case. Jadhav's case is related to Pakistan's security.

He was allegedly attempting to enter Pakistan through the Saravan border crossing in Iran's Balochistan region and was convicted for "his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan".

Talking to the media in Islamabad, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader claimed that if Pakistan had a foreign minister, then maybe the outcome [of the ICJ hearing] would have been different. In the case of India, Pakistan will always jettison all national and worldwide norms to wind.

A military court awarded death sentence to Jadhav on April 10 on spying and terrorism charges. Jadhav was arrested while allegedly trying to enter Pakistan from Iran in March 2016, before being handed a death penalty conviction last month.

Third, we must look upon this as a political victory for India as much as a legal one.

"They are looking at the Vienna Convention and the optional protocol to the convention". Yet should Pakistan now ignore ICJ and execute Jadhav, it will clearly be an act of bad faith. Importantly, henceforth, Pakistan may approach the ICJ to secure consular access to Pakistani terrorists in Indian custody.

Referring to the role of the FC, the interior minister said that the FC personnel are the protectors of Pakistan and they will have to set new trends of professionalism and commitment in order to free the Country of all undesirable elements.

Two other criticisms that have been made in India concerning the decision to go to ICJ should be addressed.



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