Hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav case underway in ICJ


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20 Feb, 2019 8:34 am

THE HAGUE (92 News) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday resumed the third day hearing of the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Indian side will present its concluding arguments in the court today as it presented its case first on Monday. The four-day public hearing in the case will end with Pakistan’s closing arguments on Thursday (tomorrow).

In Tuesday’s hearing, Pakistan’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi in his arguments before the court had said Jadhav is an Indian spy, who was caught in 2016 over espionage in Pakistan.

British report about Kulbhushan’s passport presented in ICJ

The British report about the passport of the Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav was submitted in the International Court of Justice. In the report, it was stated that the RAW had increased activities in Balochistan after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the power.

Khawar Qureshi contended that the list of terrorist activities of Kulbhushan Jhadav is very long. “What is the meaning of the consular access when a man is unidentified?” he maintained.

The Indian counsel Harish Salve was baffled by the forceful arguments of Pakistan counsel Khawar Qureshi

He said India is sitting on a wall of lies. “Indian stance is that Kulbhushan was a retired naval officer. It is incomprehensible that a naval officer retired at the age of 47.”

Khawar Qureshi said India, in a written reply, has refused to respond to questions put forth by Pakistan.

Earlier, Attorney General, Anwar Mansoor Khan told the court that Kulbhushan Jadhav has confessed that RAW had entered Pakistan with a pre-determined aim to cause terrorism in Balochistan.

He said Jadhav’s activities are actual manifestation of Indian policy. The four-day hearing of the case will continue till Thursday and the Court is expected to announce its judgement by summer this year.  The four-day hearing of the case will continue till Thursday and the court is expected to announce its judgment by the summer this year.

The Pakistani delegation is led by the Attorney General, Anwar Mansoor Khan. Pakistan will make its final submission on Thursday.

India argues Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent businessman

On Monday, India had argued that Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav is an innocent businessman and he is entitled to obtain consular access.

During the hearing, the court asked India to present their arguments on the case. However, India started arguments with blame game, accusing Pakistan of kidnapping Kulbhushan from Iran. His arguments centred around the Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.

Meanwhile, in a video message, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal had said that India could not submit any substantial material at International Court of Justice in their demand for acquittal of Kulbhushan Jadhav. He said the Indian side produced nothing new in their submission before the Court. The spokesperson said the India Spy is involved in killing of thousands of people.

Earlier, Islamabad has presented evidence obtained from Commander Jadhav after his arrest, and during the criminal process leading to his conviction as amply demonstrating his activities in fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.

Pakistan maintains that it would be incompatible with international law for someone sent as a spy/terrorist by a state to be afforded access to officials of that State, as India asserts.

The ICJ has repeatedly stated that it is not a Criminal Court of Appeal and effective review of a conviction is available before the domestic Courts.


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