Pakistani authorities on Sunday arrested an Indian national in capital Islamabad for not carrying travel documents, news agency Press Trust of India reported quoting a news channel. The Indian man, who has not been identified, was reportedly arrested from F-8 area of Islamabad for not having complete travel documents, Samaa TV reported. The authorities have registered a case against the person under Article 14 of the Foreign Act. The person has been sent to jail on judicial remand, the report said. The arrest comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan due to Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence row.
In a highly controversial decision, a Pakistan Army court had ruled Kulbhushan Jadhav of being an Indian spy and sentenced him to gallows. However, India took strong cognizance of the matter and took the case to International Court of Justice. The Hague-based court’s ruling came as a major victory for India as it stayed the execution and asked Pakistan to take “all measures” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.
However, Pakistan made a U-turn later on and said that ICJ’s ruling will have no bearing on case. Speaking to media, Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor, Sartaj Aziz, said the ICJ ruling does not change Kulbhushan’s status in Pakistan. He said that ICJ has not given any order regarding consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death according to the laws of the country. “The ICJ has only asked Pakistan to keep a stay on Jadhav’s execution until it arrives at a decision,” Pakistan PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.
He even cried foul over the time allotted to Pakistan for preparations, 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.