ICJ resumes hearing of India’s plea against Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentencing

Pakistan offers consular access to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav

THE HAGUE: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has resumed hearing of India’s petition to save its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by Pakistan’s military court, on Monday at The Hague.
A five-member Pakistan delegation and a 13-member delegation from India reached The Hague. According to officials, the confessional statement by Kulbhushan Jadhav will be the key element of Pakistan’s case.
The Indian delegation is led by Dr Deepak Mittal and represented by senior lawyer Harish Salve.
India, which had to present its arguments before ICJ at 02:00 PM (PST), has accused Pakistan of not providing either consular access to the spy, or sharing the charge sheet in the case. Salve said the urgency of the case had forced New Delhi to approach the international court at such short notice.
Pakistani counsels will put their case before ICJ at 06:00 PM (PST).
It is pertinent here to mention that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the agent of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was sentenced to death for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan.
After the verdict, India moved to the International Court of Justice against the death sentence and termed the conviction in its application as “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.” India stated that it had been repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav.
On the other hand, Indian media itself termed its government’s move to refer International Court of Justice against Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence ‘useless’, and said it would not yield substantial results.

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