Kulbhushan Jadhav case: In a major development in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) has asked India to make its submission by September 13 while Pakistan has been ordered to do the same by December 13, reported PTI. The news broke only a few hours after Pakistan had claimed that the International Court of Justice has rejected India’s request to delay proceedings in Kubhushan Jadhav’s case until December. “The ICJ has written a letter to Pakistan informing us of their decision,” the Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf Ali was quoted saying by the Dawn.
The report mentioned that Pakistan got to know about the decision through its consulate in Netherlands. “India had asked the ICJ to offer it time till December to file pleadings in the Jadhav case, however, “the court has dismissed their request,” Ali said. “India had adopted the stance that the matter was one of life and death, but Pakistan had stated that the ICJ is not a court of appeals. The ICJ is supposed to conclude whether or not Jadhav can receive consular access, for which a time period of two to three months is more than enough to file a response,” he added.
In the previous hearing of the case which took place on May 18, a 10-member bench at The Hague-based ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav. Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was given capital punishment by a military court in Pakistan after which India moved to the ICJ seeking a stay on the sentence. Pakistan had claimed that its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.