At ICJ, Pak seeks early hearing in Jadhav case

  • At ICJ, Pak seeks early hearing in Jadhav case

At ICJ, Pak seeks early hearing in Jadhav case

Defence analyst Lieutenant General (retired) Amjad Shoaib, on Wednesday, slammed the Indian media's claims about the ex-serviceman stating that RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested from Iran.

Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was given the death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on April 10 for alleged "espionage and subversive activities".

It now remains to be seen if India chooses to quote Shoaib at the next hearing in the International Court of Justice's (ICJ).

India has maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani agencies from Chabahar in Iran. Basit described the Jadhav case as "highly sensitive".

Lt Gen (retd) Shoaib also recollected an incident where a recorded video of his with a statement on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was doctored by the Indian media.

On May 1, the bodies of two Army jawan's - Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and Constable Prem Sagar - were found mutilated at the Line of Control.

He said that the Attorney General, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, and the Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua, briefed the meeting over the situation and the preparations. It is believed that the ICJ might resume the hearing of the case in October, the daily quoted sources, as saying.

"The government [however] wants the hearing [to be held in the] next six weeks", he said.

The report comes just days after ICJ stayed Jadhav's execution and also endorsed the Indian request for consular access to him.

On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav. He pointed out that "India's success rate was 60 per cent".

The ICJ had in mid-May, through a unanimous verdict on a petition submitted by India, put a hold on Pakistan's decision to execute Jadhav till its final decision in the case and sought a report on measures taken for the implementation of the order. "Indian media, by taking my clip out of context is trying to frame it in such a way that makes me look like saying that we captured him from inside of Iran when I meant that he came from Iran and we captured him".

Having lost the first round in the global court, Pakistan had last Friday filed a plea for the ICJ to rehear the case within six weeks, after the Nawaz Sharif government was slammed by the opposition for "mishandling" the case.