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Kulbhushan Jadhav case updates: Pakistan says consular access was denied as Jadhav was involved in espionage; ICJ hearing concludes

Kulbhushan Jadhav case LIVE updates: The Pakistani agent said that consular access was denied to India as Jadhav was involved in espionage.

FP Staff February 21, 2019 22:35:52 IST
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Kulbhushan Jadhav case updates: Pakistan says consular access was denied as Jadhav was involved in espionage; ICJ hearing concludes
  • Pakistan will respond to India's arguments in its final submission on Thursday

  • Pakistan will get 90 minutes to make its oral arguments in the ICJ for the Kulbhushan Jadhav case

  • The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case started on 18 February at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague

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Feb 21, 2019 - 22:25 (IST)

ICJ president Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf adjourns sitting

The ICJ is expected to deliver its verdict in the summer of 2019. Agents of the parties will be informed in due course as to date on which judgment will be pronounced.

Feb 21, 2019 - 22:23 (IST)

'Consular access was denied to India as Jadhav was involved in espionage'

The Pakistani agent said that despite Jadhav being given option of judicial review, he refused it.  "Should Jadhav choose to enter judicial review, he will have right to choose his lawyer to represent him," he said.

"It is the choice of the convict to seek review of reconsideration, which if he seeks, will be given to him. There is an FIR against Kulbhushan Jadhav in civilian court for terrorism, apart from the conviction under espionage."

Feb 21, 2019 - 22:16 (IST)

Pakistani agent accuses India of committing human rights violations by using pellet guns in Kashmir 

Gujarat riots, Samjhauta Express blast, Kathua rape, use of pellet guns are being cited by Pakistan agent in his concluding remarks.

Feb 21, 2019 - 22:13 (IST)

Pakistani cites Afsal Guru's case

Pakistani agent said, "The Supreme Court of India upheld his (Afzal Guru's) death sentence on the ground of satisfying "collective conscience of the society". Is that a ground for hanging?" He also accused India of shielding perpetrators of Samjautha Express blast case.

Feb 21, 2019 - 22:08 (IST)

Pakistan's agent makes submission in ICJ 

"Pakistan has a robust judicial review and reconsideration system," Pakistan's agent submitted in the ICJ.

Feb 21, 2019 - 22:03 (IST)

Pakistan says India's claim for relief must be dismissed or declared inadmissible

"India's claim for relief remains far-fetched,' Qureshi said, while presenting his concluding observations. "Pakistan expected India to show some respect to this court, if not Pakistan; India's conduct shows total disregard for truth and contempt for accuracy"

Feb 21, 2019 - 21:56 (IST)

Qureshi continues to take dig at India

"A sovereign state is accused of concealing facts, and I am being asked to maintain moderation," says Qureshi.

Feb 21, 2019 - 21:44 (IST)

Qureshi slams India for its conduct

"India's conduct cannot go unchecked. This is the court of international community, not fantasy not fiction," says Khawar Qureshi.

Feb 21, 2019 - 21:40 (IST)

India 'engaging in fiction' with kidnap story, says Qureshi

On India's stand that Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped, Khawar Qureshi said, "Why is it necessary to engage in fiction?" He further claimed that the Indian side wasn't providing clarity because "providing an explanation would expose the fiction."

Feb 21, 2019 - 21:35 (IST)

Qureshi calls Ajit Doval 'India's self-styled super-spy'

Kulbhushan Jadhav case LATEST updates: The Pakistani agent said that consular access was denied to India as Jadhav was involved in espionage. He added that despite Jadhav being given option of judicial review, he refused it. "Should Jadhav choose to enter judicial review, he will have right to choose his lawyer to represent him," he said.

Submitting his concluding observations, Pakistan's Khawar Qureshi said,"India's claim for relief remains far-fetched."

On India's stand that Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped, Khawar Qureshi said, "Why is it necessary to engage in fiction?" He further claimed that the Indian side wasn't providing clarity because "providing an explanation would expose the fiction."

Qureshi said that there are no inaccuracies in his pleadings on fact. "I challenge India to find any discrepancy in my pleadings on fact", he said.

Pakistan ad-hoc judge Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, who had suffered a cardiac attack ahead of the hearing, joined the sitting on last day of hearing.

India delivered its final arguments in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday evening, the third day of the hearing. Pakistan is expected to respond on Thursday from 9 pm.

The ICJ has rejected five pleas made by Pakistan during the hearing of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, including playing of so-called "confessional statement" of the Indian national and a request to adjourn the hearing citing illness of its ad-hoc judge.

The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case started on 18 February at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague.

Pakistan's delegation on Tuesday led by Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan requested the international court to adjourn the hearing in the case to appoint a new ad-hoc judge as Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani suffered cardiac arrest before the hearing.

However, the ICJ President Abdullahi Ahmed Yusuf while rejecting the plea asked Pakistan's delegation to go ahead with proceeding if it is ready with its argument.

Anwar Mansoor Khan then went on to make his argument, a day after the Indian side told the world court that Jadhav had been sentenced to death by a military court during an "opaque" hearing and that he should be released forthwith. In his representation, the Pakistani advocate said the Indian claim to relief must be dismissed.

In addition, Pakistan also had sought cross-examination of Deputy High Commission of India JP Singh.

JP Singh who accompanied the family of Jadhav in Pakistan to meet him in jail last year said that the condition of Jadhav did not look well.

During the proceeding, Pakistan, making a long shot, also wanted the "accomplices" of Jadhav for witnesses during the hearing. However, the court also rejected that.

The 48-year-old former naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism on 11 April, 2017, following which India moved the ICJ, challenging the verdict. Subsequently, on 18 May, 2017, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the adjudication of the case.

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