Before Pakistan’s military court gave a death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav for “espionage and subversive activities”, it had contacted the International Court of Justice at The Hague, said an Indian Express report on Saturday. The report added that Islamabad gave a declaration to ICJ stating that matters related to Pakistan’s “national security” would not be part of the ICJ’s 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.
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The report also quoted Pakistan sources who confirmed the news. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Maleeha Lodhi on 29th March had said, “I have the honour, by direction of the President of the lslamic Republic of Pakistan, to declare that (the) Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan recognises as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement in relation to any other state accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice under the Statute of the International Court of Justice… Provided that this declaration shall not apply to…” (the declaration lays out eight clauses) and “all matters related to the national security of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.” His statements came after submitting the declaration to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Recently, Gopla 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.”