Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Hours after the much awaited verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) came out that snubbed Pakistani action to impose the death sentence given to the former Indian naval officer, Pakistan’s national daily Dawn has termed its country’s stand as a ‘mistake.’ An article titled “’Pakistan made a mistake’: Criticism at home over ICJ decision,” said that the jurisdiction argument was ‘weak’ and ‘damaging’. The website also stated that the ICJ verdict has caused ‘shock and disappointment’ in the country.
The article further quoted a retired Pakistan judge Shaiq Usmani saying that Pakistan has shot itself in the foot. “It’s Pakistan’s mistake to have appeared there. They shouldn’t have attended. They have shot themselves in the foot,” Usmani added further.
He also said that the case against Jadhav which was started in Pakistan will continue. “Until the ICJ gives it verdict, the case will go on in Pakistan. But he cannot be executed until the stay order is there. The proceedings will continue here,” Usmani said.
The article further stated that Pakistan was grossly unprepared for the international hearling. A London-based Barrister Rashid Aslam was quoted saying that Pakistan was ill-prepared and did not utilise the 90 minutes it had to present its points. “Pakistan had 90 minutes of argument time but we wasted 40 minutes,” Aslam said. He further added that he was surprised why Pakistan concluded its argument in such little time. “I think Khawar Qureshi didn’t consume all the time that was afforded to him,” he added.
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Even the Pakistan Peoples’ Party leader Sherry Rehman was quoted as saying that Pakistan’s case was ‘weak’. “We based our case on jurisdiction and it proved weak. More arguments should have been made regarding espionage,” Rehman said.
The article also stated that Pakistani lawyers were ‘inexperienced’. Former Attorney General Irfan Qadir said he was shocked by the ICJ decision. “I think this decision is a violation of the principle of natural justice. I am shocked as to why Pakistan went there and presented their position and gave it in such a rush,” Qadir added.