Pakistan Prepares To Give a Fitting Reply At ICJ
Islamabad: Pakistan is in no mood to flinch even a little bit as far as Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case is concerned. Reports say that Pakistan is preparing a strategy to defend its position before the International Court of Justice or ICJ over Jadhav’s death sentence.
The Pakistan‘s Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali said that he was confident that Pakistan is ready to give a fitting reply.
Ausaf told a popular Pakistani newspaper that they have sent their recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office and Foreign Office on how to plead the case before the ICJ.
The Pakistan’s military court has ruled a death sentence to an Indian national, Jadhav, on charges of spying.
The Hague-based ICJ stayed the execution of Jadhav when India approached it after getting denied 16 times of consular access to Jadhav.
Ausaf, who held marathon meetings for two days with the officials of the Foreign Office and the Law Ministry, is expected to represent Pakistan before the ICJ. He wanted the officials that all measures and options should be kept confident in order to prevent any leakages.
However, Ausaf did not rule out the possibility of engaging someone from abroad. Meanwhile, he acknowledged that time was short since the hearing would begin on May 15.
An expert on international law said Pakistan could raise the issue of jurisdiction before the ICJ, citing a 1999 case pertaining to the shooting down of an Atlantique aircraft, in which case India had refused to accept the court’s jurisdiction on the pretext that it could not hear cases related to disputes between the Commonwealth countries.
While India acknowledges that Jadhav served with the Navy, it denies his links with the government. India also alleged that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran.
India has also handed over an appeal by Jadhav’s mother to Pakistan, initiating a process to get his conviction overturned.