Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing resumes at ICJ on Wednesday

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

As the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will on Wednesday resume hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed hope for early release of the former Indian naval officer.

On June 16 this year, the ICJ turned down India's request to give it six months to file pleadings before the court in the case. He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April, 2017 without allowing him consular access or legal representation.

India challenged the verdict in the top United Nations court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide Jadhav with consular access which it said was in breach of worldwide human rights laws.

India is to file a petition defending her convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in International Court of Justice on Wednesday (September 13). Ausaf said the court's registrar had informed Pakistan of its decision through its consulate in Netherlands.

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Both India and Pakistan will make their submissions before the ICJ. We should not comment on it.

The incarcerated RAW agent, in his video statement, confessed to involvement in sabotage and espionage activities inside Pakistan, which has also been the crux of Islamabad's case in the ICJ.

On Tuesday, Pakistani interior minister Ahsan Iqbal hit out at India and alleged that Pakistan's pursual of Jadhav's case was proof of India's intentions to sabotage the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, according to Pakistan's The News International.

Pakistan says Jadhav was arrested during a counter-intelligence raid in Balochistan in March 2016.

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