Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly calls for Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution

According to government sources, since the case has reached the worldwide court, it is incumbent on Pakistan to produce "material evidence" about his whereabouts and well-being.

India needs to keep up the pressure on Pakistan to provide information on the legal process that led to the death sentence for Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Pakistan is yet to come clean before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and India on internal legal procedures and court hearings on Kulbhushan Jadhav despite Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj's Aziz fearless defence of Pakistan in ICJ at The Hague. According to reports, the Foreign Office has sent a letter to the registrar of ICJ, expressing Pakistan's desire for a quick hearing, preferably over the coming few weeks.

A senior official of law ministry on the condition of anonymity opined that the ICJ might resume the hearing of the case in October.

Pakistan's Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali is expected to attend the ICJ proceedings.

Asserting that the Kashmir issue can only be resolved through the means of a bilateral agreement, Chacko said, "In this context, if Pakistan thinks the Kashmir issue can be raised at the ICJ, Pakistan is highly mistaken".

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the decision to challenge the ICJ's jurisdiction was taken after consultation with all government institutions and agencies.

Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said Islamabad, with a new team of lawyers, will put forward its case vigorously in the International Court of Justice against letting off Jadhav on India's plea.

To a question, he said that the names for ad hoc judge for proceeding case in ICJ is under consideration.

Zakaria said, "After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle".

"We have lost important cases at global forums over the past couple of years while spending more than a billion rupees in lawyers' fees", he said. ICJ also made it clear that Pakistan should have granted consular access to Jadhav.

In 1999, Islamabad moved the ICJ again, demanding action against New Delhi for shooting down a naval patrol plane months after the Kargil War.

  • Leroy Wright