The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday began the hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, given by a Pakistani military court. Pakistan was represented by Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Faisal and QC Khawar Qureshi (Counsel) in the International Court of Justice hearing in The Hague. This is the first time after 18 years that India and Pakistan are resolving a dispute in the ICJ. Speaking in the ICJ, Pakistan (Mohammad Faisal), this was after India’s attorney Harish Salve made a strong case in the morning, said that it will not cower in front of terror. Pakistan said that India had used the International Court of Justice as a ‘political theatre’, which it regretted and said that it will ‘not respond in kind’.
One of the 3 representatives, Mohammad Faisal said that it was ironic that India complained about not getting any consular access to Pakistan. Addressing Jadhav as “Commander” Jadhav, he said that the Indian had been sent for the purpose of spying and terrorism in the country. He also showed the allegedly acquired passport of Jadhav and said that there was a Muslim name on it. He added that India did not respond to letters asking for an explanation for such a passport, which he suggested was the “most obvious indication of covert and illegal activities”. He alleged that India did not even respond to a letter of request dated January 23, 2017, to investigate the ‘criminal activities and links of people in India’, which “Commander” Jadhav had allegedly revealed.
He said that Pakistan was not sure as to what merit is there in a country that sent a spy and a terrorist into another country. He said that Pakistan would present its case in the court despite being ambushed into doing so. Pakistan claims that India’s application to the ICJ had been unnecessary. Faisal also claimed that India’s urgency claim was unnecessary since Pakistan’s constitution provides a time period of 150 days for Kulbhushan Jadhav to seek clemency.