Pakistan on Tuesday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss India’s plea in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and accused New Delhi of utilizing the top UN court for “political theatre”.
Pakistan’s attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan argued that Jadhav was an Indian spy sent to Balochistan to destabilize the country. He claimed that “India’s claim for relief must be dismissed.”
The top UN court’s four-day public hearing in the case of 48-year-old Jadhav commenced on Monday, with India presenting its case first. Pakistan presented its arguments on Tuesday. The hearing will end with Pakistan’s closing arguments on Thursday.
Khan told the court that Jadhav ran a network “to carry out despicable terrorism and suicide bombing, aimed to kill, kidnapping for ransom and targeted operations to create unrest and instability in the country.”
“His unlawful activities were directed at creating anarchy in Pakistan and particularly aimed at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” Khan told the 15-judge bench, adding: “Jadhav did not act on his own… They were committed at the behest of the Indian state and the government.”
Another Pakistani lawyer Khawar Qureshi stated: “India’s proceedings are purely for political theatre and they should be dismissed.”