Thursday, September 29, 2022

Pakistan urges ICJ to hold early hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the International Court of Justice to expedite the timetable for a early hearing over the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadhav.

The five-member Pakistani delegation led by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali, along with the Indian delegation, met with ICJ President Ronny Abraham at The Hague, Netherlands. icj

The Attorney General informed the ICJ of Pakistan’s intent to appoint a ad-hoc judge who will sit on the bench of the court for all proceedings in this case including the substantive hearing.

Sources said former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Nasirul Mulk and Tassaduq Hussain Jeelani and former attorney general Makhdoom Ali Khan are among those to be recommended to the ICJ.

Earlier on May 18, the 10-member bench of the ICJ had restrained Pakistan from executing convicted Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav until a final verdict in the case. “Take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed pending a final judgment of the court in the case,” it ruled.

According to ICJ rules if a state party to a case before the ICJ which does not have a judge of its nationality on the panel may choose a person to appoint as ad hoc judge in the case. India already has Judge Dalveer Bhandari, a member of the court since April 72, 2012, on the panel.

India had approached the ICJ on May 8 to initiate proceedings against Pakistan for allegedly violating Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) by denying it consular access to Jadhav, who has been convicted by a military court over his involvement in espionage and terrorism in Pakistan.


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