Pakistan moves ICJ to rehear Jadhav case


Earlier in the day, Republic TV had reported that there can be changes in Pakistan's legal team of Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali.

Aziz maintained that the ICJ did not order Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav, but has merely put forward an opinion.

Pakistan is considering appointing an "ad hoc judge" for the International Court of Justice's panel that is hearing the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav because of the presence of an Indian judge in the 12-member tribunal, Indian government sources said on Friday. As Pakistan had already denied India consular access to Jadhav, India approached the ICJ for a stay on the death sentence. A video released by Pakistan in which Jadhav appears to admit his guilt is suspicious, and suggests that it was forced or done under duress.

Zakaria said, "After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle".

But former law minister legal expert S.M. Zafar said that prime facie, it was a wrong decision. The court unanimously declared that Pakistan must take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed, pending a final judgment of the court.

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Seeking an explanation as to why the government did not submit a written defence before May 15, the PTI leader argued that apprehension regarding the ICJ decision had come true. The court simply determined that it had jurisdiction in this case, despite Pakistan's arguments to the contrary. A senior official in the law ministry told the Express Tribune that Pakistan's lead lawyer Qureshi made two mistakes.

Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. However, Haresh Salve, counsel for India, contended that the agreement was not registered with the United Nations.

The Pakistani authorities have pointed to his arrest as evidence of India's involvement in terrorist activities in the country. "We lost important cases at the worldwide forum in the last couple of years".

The three cases were Mexico vs US, Germany vs US and Paraguay vs US. Sheikh said mishandling of Jadhav's case was a classic example of how in the power struggle between military and political institutions, gaps in the foreign policy and national security perspectives had grown.