International Court of Justice Hears Kulbhushan Jadhav Case

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Amid the Pulwama tension, India has geared up on Monday to overturn death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav (earlier announced by Pakistan in April 2017) at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at Hague in Netherlands.

India’s counsel Harish Salve at the UN Court said, “Pakistan has no substantive evidence. Pakistan hasn’t even divulged fundamental details of the so called offence. Issues raised by Islamambad have no relevance.”

Rejecting Pakistan’s claims on Jadhav, Salve added, “Pakistan story was always strong on rhetoric and weak on facts.”

India’s representative Harish Salve stated, even after a repeated number of reminders (13) by India dating from March 30, 2016, Pakistan cited no response.

Salve spoke straight when he said, “Pakistan used the case as a means of propaganda. Pakistan sought evidence in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case after the trial was over.”

As per article 36 of Vienna Convention, a country should be informed if its citizen is detained. As per rules, Pakistan didn’t inform India about Jadhav’s arrest, raised by Salve at the ICJ panel.

Salve further pointed, “Jadhav wasn’t given consular access until 3 months” to contact in any means to India regarding his case.

Salve further stressed on Jadhav’s family members impromptu meet with Jadhav on December 25, 2017.

He said, “India was dismayed at the manner the meeting with Jadhav’s family was conducted and wrote a letter on December 27 marking its protest.”

The ICJ has declared Pakistan to withhold its decision in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case.

Earlier in April 2017, Pakistan had announced Jadhav being guilty of spying and has charged “terrorism” against him.

The Pakistan military court had revealed that Jadhav was nabbed from Baluchistan in March 2016.

But, India had rejected all such claims and had stated navy officer Jadhav on a business trip to Iran had got kidnapped.

The hearing of Jadhav’s case is set for a four day hearing starting today. Later, on February 19, Pakistan will present its case and India will reply to Pakistan’s argument on February 20 with Pakistan to end it with its counter arguments on February 21.

The ICJ will deliver the final verdict during the summer in 2019.

 

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