Despite International Court of Justice’s decision, Pakistan home ministry has issued a statement saying that it will try Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav as per Pak law, reported news channel CNN News 18. The news comes out just one day after Pakistan filed a plea with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rehear stay on former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy. In this appeal, Pakistan had demanded another hearing on Jadhav within 6 months.
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However, defence experts on Saturday said that Pakistan’s case is too weak and expressed confidence that no matter what Islamabad does the court’s verdict will be in favour of India. “The case itself is weak, whether Pakistan file a plea or not the case will remain as it is and the ICJ will stand firm in providing legal access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and also that the death sentence should be stayed,” defence expert Colonel Sunil Deshpande told ANI.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena warned the government from getting too excited about ICJ’s decision until the Indian national is brought back home safely. “Pakistan’s arguments have been decimated in the court at The Hague. But the fight has not ended yet. We cannot forget the handiwork of Pakistan and also Sarabjit Singh’s murder in a Lahore jail. Thus, the government should not get over excited over the ICJ order and remember that worries won’t end till Kulbhushan Jadhav is brought back safely,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
It said the diplomatic moves made by the External Affairs Ministry from the very beginning proved to be important in Jadhav’s case. “External Affairs minister (Sushma Swaraj) had been from the beginning assuring that India will do everything possible to save Jadhav’s life and her assurances have proved true at the first stage. She needs to be congratulated for this,” it said.