Indian diplomats snub handshake by Pakistan officials before Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at ICJ, opt for 'namaste'

Indian diplomats Deepak Mittal and Venu Rajamony ignored a handshake by Pakistani attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan and greeted the officials with a namaste before the Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at the ICJ.

Press Trust of India February 19, 2019 08:00:20 IST
Indian diplomats snub handshake by Pakistan officials before Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at ICJ, opt for 'namaste'
  • The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case opened Monday at the ICJ headquarters amidst heightened India-Pakistan tensions

  • Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan reached out to MEA's Deepak Mittal, but he responded with a namaste

  • Khan then extended his hand to Venu Rajamony, Indian ambassador to the Netherlands, but he, too, greeted him with a namaste

The Hague: Indian diplomats on Monday ignored the handshake gesture by senior Pakistani officials and instead greeted them with a namaste on the first day of the hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague.

The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case opened Monday at the ICJ headquarters amidst heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group that killed at least 41 CRPF soldiers.

Indian diplomats snub handshake by Pakistan officials before Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at ICJ opt for namaste

Deepak Mittal, head of the Pakistan division in the external affairs ministry, ignores a handshake from a Pakistani official. ANI

Ahead of the hearing on Monday morning, Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan reached out to Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary, the Ministry of External Affairs, to shake hands, but he responded with a namaste.

Khan then extended his hand to Venu Rajamony, the Indian ambassador to the Netherlands, who was sitting next to Mittal. Rajamony, too, greeted him with a namaste.

The Pakistani official then moved to Harish Salve, the former Attorney General of India who is representing India and Jadhav at the ICJ, who shook hands.

Mittal also greeted Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson and the Director General for South Asia and SAARC, with a namaste.

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.

India moved the ICJ in May the same year for the "egregious violation" of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to the 48-year-old Indian national.

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