Making a u-turn, Pakistan on Saturday said that the current ruling by International Court of Justice will have no bearing on case. Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor, Sartaj Aziz, said the ICJ ruling does not change Kulbhushan’s status in Pakistan. Crying foul over the time alloted to Pakistan, Aziz said: “There was paucity of time earlier, we will strengthen our legal team for the next time.” He added that Pakistan may re-approach ICJ over the case, but won’t provide counsellor access. He added that Pakistan’s Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will now be representing Pakistan in the Kulbushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Pakistan’s Geo News reported that announcement was made by Ashtar himself, saying that the country’s defence against India’s case before the ICJ was prepared by the government in consultation with all stakeholders.
The Pakistani government is facing nationwide criticism for presenting weak defence at ICJ. Speaking on the issue, Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had said that Jadhav’s issue should not be politicised. “If the Army chief said that he provided the lawyer for the Jadhav case and then any criticism directed at him is baseless,” Geo News quoted Sadiq, as saying. He also said that the lawyer who defended Pakistan’s case before the ICJ was selected over his past experience at international forums. Aziz also citied a facebook post Justice (Ret) Markandey Katju, he said: ” An Indian judge has said that going to ICJ was very big mistake, as now, Pakistan can reach ICJ for Kashmir issue.”
On the other hand, the defeat at ICJ, has become a matter of deep shock for the ruling Nawaj Sharif government. Slamming the government, opposition leader Khursheed Shah said the Attorney General should have been sent by the government to represent Pakistan’s case in the ICJ.