Pakistan

Govt, army to jointly fight Jadhav’s case in ICJ, says NA speaker

LAHORE: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said the government and Pakistan Army will fight the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in International Court of Justice (ICJ).

According to state-owned Radio Pakistan, the Speaker said that it time to be united instead of doing politics on the issue of a terrorist. He said legal points should be discussed but there should be no politics on the issue of Jadhav.

He also said that Pakistan will not take any dictation on the issue and take decisions as per its interests. “Pakistan will not take any dictation on the issue and it would do what would be in its interest,” he said.

He said a group of politicians are spreading desperation in the country but the Prime Minister will never resign on the demand of anyone, and no one should doubt the loyalty of the prime minister.

Why Jadhav was sentenced?

On April 10, Jadhav was sentenced to death by military court for spreading terrorism in the country. Pakistan Army had also released a confession video of Jadhav admitting that he was responsible for espionage and terrorism offences in the country.

Pakistan Army also said that Jadhav was tasked by Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to organise subversive activities aimed to destabilise the efforts of law enforcement agencies to restore peace in the country.

The army has also vowed that there shall be no compromise on the matter of Jadhav. This was stated during the Corps Commanders’ Conference held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on April 13.

India’s reaction

India reacted strongly to the case and said that it would to go to any extent to save Jadhav. The Indian government ultimately took the matter to the International Court of Justice headquartered in The Hague accusing Pakistan of ‘farcical trial’ in the matter of Jadhav.

India contended that it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan failed to inform him of his rights. It further alleged that Pakistan has committed ‘egregious violation’ and repeatedly denied access to Jadhav in violation of the Vienna Convention.

ICJ announced its verdict on May 18 pronouncing that Pakistan should not execute Jadhav until final decision of the court, and that he should be granted consular access.

The ICJ was set up in 1945 to rule on disputes between nations in accordance with international law. The final ruling by the tribunal on the case and whether it has jurisdiction to hear India’s case could take months, if not years.

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