Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ has no jurisdiction, says Pak FO

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

Harish Salve was also part of the team that successfully argued at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against a bid by Marshall Islands to sue India for violating the nuclear disarmament obligations.

Applauding the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for putting a temporary stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution, the Congress on Thursday asked Pakistan to comply with the order till the final verdict is delivered.

Sushma Swaraj said that ICJ order has come as great relief to family of Jadhav and thanked Harish Salve for presenting India's case effectively. "Why the government has selected a lawyer who has not a single worldwide law case reported from the UK Supreme Court and what was the reason to engage London Queen's Counsel (QC) who was based in Qatar?"

Salve said that consular access to Jadhav would be given now, but he has asked for "restitution". In securing a unanimous verdict, India has succeeded in exposing Islamabad's consistent undermining of worldwide norms. India says he was kidnapped by Pakistan while he was in Iran. ICJ today stayed the execution pending a final decision in the proceedings.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Shafqat Mehmood argued that hidden decisions and policies for vested interests had proven to be damaging.

India denies Mr Jadhav is a spy, and Pakistan denies kidnapping him.

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Pakistan Peoples Party Vice President Sherry Rehman said Islamabad failed to plead its case at The Hague and the Pakistani counsel ended his arguments in 50 minutes against the allocated time of 90 minutes.

Describing the order as "positive", CPI's national secretary D Raja hailed the ICJ for making it clear that India has every right to provide consular access to Jadhav.

India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan's from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav.

In 1999, Pakistan hanged Sheikh Shamim 10 years after convicting him of spying. India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan.

He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav's investigation, but didn't receive any response from New Delhi.

It is a matter of national security and we will not compromise on it, he added.

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