Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan says will pursue case forcefully, despite 'clear disadvantage'

Islamabad: Pakistan is preparing a strategy to "forcefully" defend its position before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the death sentence given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by its military court on charges of "spying", a media report said on Saturday. A set of recommendations has been sent to the Prime Ministers Office and the Foreign Office, strategising how to plead Pakistans point of view on Monday before the ICJ on the conviction of Jadhav.

"We have sent our recommendations to the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Office," Dawn quoted Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf as saying. The recommendations outlined the strategy on how Pakistan could plead the case before the Hague-based ICJ, which has stayed Jadhav's execution.

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. PTI

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. PTI

Ausaf said that it was necessary to keep all measures and options confidential so that the other side might not know the strategy being devised. 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.

But he did not rule out the possibility of engaging someone from abroad. However, he acknowledged that time was short since the hearing would begin on 15 May. Ausaf said a robust reply would be given by Pakistan in a forceful manner.

However, speaking to Express Tribunea senior Pakistani government official said that that Islamabad also feels it's "clearly at a disadvantage" in the case because the ICJ has scheduled hearings in the case as early as 15 May. Pakistan is "clearly at a disadvantage because of the paucity of time, logistical support and finding legal expertise", a senior government official told The Express Tribune.

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 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.

Jadhav, who was arrested on 3 March last year, was sentenced to death last month for "espionage and subversive activities". India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government. It also said that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran.

India has also handed over to Pakistan an appeal by Jadhav's mother, initiating a process to get his conviction overturned. Islamabad said the Indian move (to approach ICJ in Jadhav case) was an attempt to divert attention from "state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan" and that it was analysing the ICJ's authority in the matter.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: May 13, 2017 02:10 pm | Updated Date: May 13, 2017 02:10 pm

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