MANCHESTER: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan’s legal team will present its stance in Kulbhushan Jadhav case at International Court of Justice (IJC) in The Hague on February 19.
Speaking to the media in Manchester, the UK, the Foreign Minister said Pakistan’s legal team has prepared its arguments in the case of alleged Indian spy Jadhav. He said the Jadhav has confessed involvement in subversive activities carried out in Pakistan.
Pakistan says security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan in March, 2016 after he entered the country illegally from Iran. India denies these charges and says he was kidnapped from Iran. India approached the ICJ against Jadhav’s conviction as a spy.
On May 18, 2017, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to stop Jadhav’s execution. “Pakistan should take all measures to ensure that Jadhav is not executed till the final decision of this court,” the ICJ said in its judgment.
In April 2017, Jadhav had been court-martialled and sentenced to death by a military tribunal for espionage and fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.
“The spy has been tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence,” the military’s public affairs wing, ISPR said. The FGCM is the military equivalent of a civilian criminal trial and is conducted by a military tribunal.
The ICJ will hold the public hearings from February 18 to February 21 at The Hague. The first round of oral arguments will take place on February 18, when India will argue from 10am to 1pm. Pakistan will put forth their first round arguments on February 19 from 10am to 1pm.
Qureshi said Jadhav was arrested on Pakistani territory and has confessed during the course of the investigations. He said 70 years of poor relations between India and Pakistan cannot be fixed in six months.
Speaking about the PTI government, he said the party put their party manifesto in front of the people and that is what they were elected on.
The minister said the government has effectively highlighted the issue of Kashmir in British Parliament and we want to promote Intra-Kashmir trade. He said India seems worried over the worsening situation in occupied Kashmir as young generation of Kashmiris is fed up with Indian policies.
Shah Mehmood went on to say that Pakistan is playing an active role for peace in Afghanistan as it is in the interest of the country. – NNI