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Pakistan using Kulbhushan Jadhav case as propaganda: India in ICJ

Kulbhushan JadhavStating Pakistan of misusing the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for propaganda, India today Stated in a statement that Pakistan has no substantive defense and is indulging in malicious acts, during a hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in ICJ.

“Pakistan has violated Vienna convention and Jadhav’s custody in Pakistan should be declared unlawful,” Prominent lawyer Harish Salve argued during a four-day public hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.

In the country, during the first day of the hearing, based its case on two broad matters — breach of Vienna Convention on consular access and the process of resolution.

Salve stated life of an innocent Indian is at risk and Pakistan has ignored 13 Indian reminders to grant consular access to Jadhav. “There is no manner of doubt that Pakistan was using this as a propaganda tool. Pakistan was bound to grant consular access without delay,” he stated.

Salve remarked out to the court that not only Jadhav has been denied consular access but no credible evidence has been provided by Pakistan to show his involvement in an act of terrorism.

“Pakistan’s story is solely based on rhetoric and not facts,” he stated.

Pakistan remarks that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he reportedly came from Iran.

However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after serving off from the Navy. Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.

India had transferred the ICJ in May in 2017 against the “farcical trial” by the military court of Pakistan against 48-year-old Jadhav.

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

India pioneer approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017, for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 by Pakistan by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav.

A 10-member bench of the ICJ, which was established after World War II to resolve international disputes, on May 18, 2017, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

The ICJ has set a timetable for the public hearing in the high-profile case from February 18 to 21 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

While India will dispute first on February 18, Pakistan will get its chance to make submissions on February 19. Then India will reply on February 20 while Islamabad will make its closing submissions on February 21.

It is expected that the ICJ’s decision may be delivered by the summer of 2019.

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