Kulbhushan Jadhav case: International Court of Justice at The Hague will hear the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on June 8. The UN Court has stayed the hanging of Indian national Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on charges of spying. While India termed the verdict as a victory, Pakistan sought to play it down. It has been learned that the neighbouring country’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will lead a team at the ICJ at The Hague.
Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on National Security yesterday discussed strategy in the case. During the meet it was decided that Pakistan will send the attorney general, according to media reports.
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It has been learned that Pakistan will indicate its intention to nominate an ad-hoc judge for the case. The ICJ statutes provide for a state party to a case, which does not have a judge of its nationality on the bench, to choose a person to sit as an ad-hoc judge in that case.
India had approached the ICJ citing that it had been repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav in violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention. India had acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government. Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed that Jadhav was providing “crucial intelligence” about the recent terrorist attacks in the country, the report says.