Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan committed to implement ICJ decision

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Islamabad: A  Pakistani official said on Friday that his country is committed to implement  the decision of the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

The Pak official said a delegation left for the Hague for the oral proceedings in the case that will commence at the international court from February 18.

It is worthwhile to note that Indian national Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on espionage charges in April 2017.

India had moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict.

According to reports, a 10-member bench of the world court on May 18, 2017, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav.

The ICJ has set a timetable for public hearing in the case from February 18 to 21 in The Hague. Harish Salve, who represents India in the case, is expected to argue first on February 18.

The English Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi will make submissions on February 19 from Islamabad’s side.

Then India will reply on February 20 while Islamabad will make its closing submissions on February 21, media reports said.

Media reports quoting officials in Pakistan said :”We are fully prepared with our strongest evidence being the valid Indian passport recovered from Commander Jadhav with a Muslim name.”

Pakistan was committed to implementing the decision, irrespective of what decision came from the ICJ, the report said.

Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, Ministry of External Affairs, declined to go into the details of the case but said:”India will present its case before the court. Since the matter is subjudice, it is not appropriate for me to state our position in public”.

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