Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan asks ICJ for an early hearing

Giving credence to his stance, the general maintained that had the spy been arrested from inside of Iran, there would have been a protest from the Iranian government and a diplomatic pressure on Pakistan for carrying out the operation in a sovereign country's territory - which did not happen.

Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was given the death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on April 10 for alleged "espionage and subversive activities". This admission by the ex-ISI official can now possibly be used by India as a strong argument at the next hearing of the International Court of Justice.

India had also told the ICJ that allegations of terrorism against its citizen were false and he was kidnapped from Iran and then brought to Balochistan.

And that they feel Pakistan needs to expand its legal team - while retaining Khawar Qureshi, who has so far led the team - fighting the case at the ICJ. The bodies of the Army's Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and the BSF's Head Constable Prem Sagar were found mutilated on the LoC on May 1.

Citing sources, the Express Tribune reported that the Pakistan Foreign Office has sent a letter to the Hague-based ICJ's registrar, expressing Pakistan's desire for a quick hearing, preferably over the next few weeks.

The request was made in view of the coming elections for ICJ judges, scheduled to be held in November, it quoted the sources as saying. Legal experts here believe that the ICJ's proceedings in such cases take long.

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"All the members want Pakistan to win this case and we are united as a nation", Sadiq said.

The speaker chaired a meeting of Parliamentary Committee for National Security where Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua briefed parliamentarians from different parties on the issue of Indian national Jadhav.

On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav.

The ICJ had in mid-May, through a unanimous verdict on a petition submitted by India, put a hold on Pakistan's decision to execute Jadhav till its final decision in the case and sought a report on measures taken for the implementation of the order.

It is odd that different segments engaged in dissemination of information in India including independent opinion-making circles are not questioning the credibility of information at any stage particularly that relates to Pakistan in general and RAW agent Kulbushan Jadhav in particular.

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  • Jack Mann