1. Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan refuses to accept ICJ role

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan refuses to accept ICJ role

In the Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case, that was passed on the Indian citizen by a military court in Pakistan, it has now emerged that the neighbouring country has refused to accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

By: | Updated: May 12, 2017 11:19 PM
Kulbhushan Jadhav

In the Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case, that was passed on the Indian citizen by a military court in Pakistan, it has now emerged that the neighbouring country has refused to accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), India Today TV said quoting Duniya News.

“Attorney General of Pakistan was reportedly briefed today. And according to the sources, Pakistan will deny jurisdiction of International Court of Justice (ICJ) over cases that have Pakistan’s national stability at stake. Pakistan does not accept International Court’s jurisdiction,” India Today TV again said quoting Dunya News report.

India had successfully approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as it stayed the death sentence imposed on the retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ fixed its next hearing on May 15.

India had tackled the case via the international institution after Pakistan refused to provide access to Jadhav despite repeated requests. That India considered it an extremely critical case was clear from fact that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had told Parliament on April 11 that the government will “go out of the way” to ensure justice for the “son of India”.

As a result of all the efforts behind India’s petition on May 8, the ICJ asked Pakistan on May 9 to put the execution on hold.

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The ICJ is to hold public hearings in the case. The ICJ, in a statement had said, “The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings on Monday, May 15, 2017…in the proceedings instituted by India on May 8, 2017 against Pakistan. The hearings will be devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by India”.

This had come in the wake of India telling ICJ that Jadhav “will be subjected to execution unless the court indicates provisional measures directing the government of Pakistan to take all measures necessary to ensure that he is not executed until th(e) Court’s decision on the merits” of the case.

According to PTI, the ICJ president also wrote to Pak PM Nawaz Sharif. The message stated, “In my capacity as president of the court,… I call upon Your Excellency’s government, pending the court’s decision on the request for the indication of provisional measures to act in such a way as will enable any order the Court may make on this request to have its appropriate effects.”

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