Kashmir issue is an “unfinished” agenda of partition, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said on Thursday, adding India has become a “major obstacle” for durable peace in South Asia region. Addressing a joint session of Parliament on Thursday, Pakistan President highlighted the Kashmir issue and the strained bilateral relations between Pakistan and India, mentioning the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on charges of alleged spying, PTI reports quoting ‘Dawn’.
Pakistan President on the day said India did not positively respond to Pakistan’s peace efforts. Instead of positively responding to peace efforts of Pakistan, India sent Kulbhushan Jadhav, terrorists and other spies, alleged Hussain.
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The tension has been brewing between India and Pakistan over Jadhav, whom the Pakistan Army sentenced to death on charges of espionage after a secret trial. India has approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Jadhav. India has acknowledged that Jadhav had served the Indian Navy but denied that he has any connection with the government. However, Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was providing “crucial intelligence” about the recent terrorist attacks in the country.
Recently, the UN Court stayed the hanging of Indian national Jadhav. However, Pakistan has said that Jadhav would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals, reports PTI.
In a statement, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that irrespective of the ICJ stay, Jadhav would remain alive, until he has exhausted the right to request for clemency, initially with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and later with the Pakistan President. He further accused the Indian government of misusing the media to create a “false impression of winning” Jadhav’s case at the ICJ.
The ICJ at The Hague will hear the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on June 8.
On Thursday, at least five Pakistani soldiers were killed and six others injured in retaliatory fire assaults by the Indian Army in Bhimber and Battal sector of Jammu and Kashmir, ANI reported.