According to a report published in The Express Tribune, Pakistan believes that it is “clearly at a disadvantage because of the paucity of time, logistical support and finding legal expertise.” Since the International Court of Justice scheduled the hearing as early as on May 15, Pakistan believes it will have a huge disadvantage. However, it is preparing a strategy to defend its position before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the death sentence given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by its military court on charges of “spying”, reported news agency PTI.
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“We have sent our recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Office,” Dawn newspaper quoted Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf as saying. The recommendations outlined the strategy on how Pakistan could plead the case before the Hague-based ICJ, which has stayed Jadhav’s execution. Earlier, a report by The Indian Express said Islamabad gave a declaration to ICJ stating that matters related to Pakistan’s “national security” would not be part of its jurisdiction. This step was a “pre-emptive” step to counter India’s attempt to approach the ICJ and seek justice. “This clearly shows that the Pakistan government had made up its mind on the death sentence, and was trying to plug holes in its system,” a top source told The Indian Express.
Recently, Gopal Baglay while addressing the media had revealed that India submitted 16 consular access requests. Reacting to the news of declaration a source in Indian government told The Indian Express, “We realised this declaration was made by Pakistan, which precluded the national security matters. That is one of the key reasons we decided to approach the ICJ on the basis of violation of VCCR, which is an internationally accepted law on consular relations.”