Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to submit its reply to ICJ

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Jay Anderson | 15 December, 2017, 00:09

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April and India moved the ICJ in May against the order.

"Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states", Pakistan has stated in the ICJ.

His comments came a day after Pakistan rejected India's plea for consular access to Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), claiming that New Delhi wanted access to him to get the information gathered by the Indian "spy".

Last week, Islamabad said it would allow Mr. Jadhav's wife and mother to meet him on December 25.

Following Pakistan's announcement, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter, "I have spoken to Mrs Avantika Jadhav mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and informed her about this". On May 18, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Jadhav until a final decision was made in the proceedings.

In a video statement, he confessed to being a spy for India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) who was sent to Pakistan to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi.




The reply encompasses the charge-sheet against Jadhav and narrates Pakistan's stance in a comprehensive manner.

Pakistan said that Jadhav was not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities, reported Pakistani daily The Dawn. His clemency appeal has been pending before the Army Chief for four months. The Pakistani authorities also allowed the presence of an Indian High Commission official at the meeting as requested by New Delhi during the meeting.

Investigations after Jadhav's arrest a year ago had revealed that the undercover Indian agent's main agenda was to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through propaganda and to create disharmony through the Baloch nationalist political parties.

Going into detail over war-torn Afghanistan during the briefing, the FO spokesperson said that Pakistan had reservations about the ungoverned areas in Afghanistan that not only pose threat to the stability of Afghanistan, but the security of the whole region as well.

Pakistani officials believe that by allowing a meeting with the family and an Indian High Commission official, India will lose its main claim for approaching the ICJ.

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