Resolution against Sharif govt over Jadhav case rejected

Pakistan will put together a new team of lawyers to further argue the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice, reports said on Friday.

Islamabad's case before the ICJ.

"Pakistani authorities have received an appeal against the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav from his mother, which is being considered", reported NDTV quoting Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs.

On consular access to Jadhav, Basit said the ICJ in its provisional order discussed the issue in the context of plausibility, "so there is no ruling on the issue of consular access".

He said like all other countries in the world, Pakistan too does not concede sovereignty when it comes to security issues.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran. India says he was kidnapped from Iran. He said a decision to provide consular access to Jadhav is yet to be made.

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Earlier, the ICJ asked Pakistan to stay Jadhav's execution until a final verdict. The former Navy officer was arrested by Pakistan previous year. Jadhav was given a death sentence by a Pakistani military court after he was found guilty on charges of espionage. Yet should Pakistan now ignore ICJ and execute Jadhav, it will clearly be an act of bad faith.

These reactions came soon after the Pakistan's Foreign Office said that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no jurisdiction over the county's national security matters, which in this instance was the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

He said that the both the countries has signed the Vienna Convention and hence, it is binding on Islamabad and it can't refuse to abide by the verdict of ICJ. India's position on ICJ's jurisdiction is clearly stated, and based on its declarations recognising the jurisdiction of the court as mandatory, which were submitted in 1974. Under the Vienna Convention, the Indian embassy or consulate must be notified of the arrest and Indian consular officers given access to Kulbhushan.

The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017.

Syed Khursheed Shah, the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, described the order as a setback and said the government's negligence is evident. "I think it is quite a serious blow to Pakistan's standing at the United Nations, as well as to its image at the global level", Mr Jamal said.

  • Zachary Reyes