Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Pak Acknowledges India’s Written Plea
India had sought consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on Saturday.
India had sought consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on Saturday.(Photo: The Quint)
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Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Pak Acknowledges India’s Written Plea

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  • Pakistan, on Friday, acknowledged India’s written plea submitted to the ICJ
  • India submitted a written plea to the ICJ on Wednesday
  • The International Court of Justice resumed its hearing of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Wednesday
  • Jadhav is on death row in Pakistan after the country’s military found him guilty of espionage
  • India challenged the verdict in the UN top court on 18 May
  • India had expressed its fear that Pakistan could execute Jadhav even before the court gave its verdict.
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Pakistan: Have Received India's Written Pleadings

Pakistan said on Friday that they received India's written pleadings to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after India submitted them on Wednesday.

The Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement that the memorial is under consideration by a team of lawyers and experts, led by the Attorney General of Pakistan.

The Foreign Office said that the position of Pakistan, "especially highlighting the acts of espionage, terrorism and sabotage committed" by Jadhav in Pakistan, "which resulted in the loss of many lives of Pakistanis", would be submitted to the ICJ soon.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan would submit its response by December 13.

India Submits Written Plea to ICJ: MEA

India today submitted its written pleadings to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The ICJ has suspended the death sentence of Jadhav pending final judgement by it after India moved the court in May, requesting immediate suspension of the sentence.

"India has, today, submitted its Memorial (written pleadings) to the ICJ in the Jadhav case involving egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 by Pakistan. This is in furtherance of our application filed before the Court on 8 May 2017," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

India Will Make Every Effort for Jadhav's Release: BJP Leader

Speaking to ANI, BJP leader S Prakash hoped that the Indian government will succeed in bringing back Jadhav to India.

India will make every effort to see that Jadhav is released from Pakistan’s illegal detention. He has been sentenced to death by the court of Pakistan without even a hearing and without providing an opportunity to him to put forth his point of view.
S Prakash

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday will resume hearing of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Jadhav, a 47-year-old former Indian naval officer, is on death row in Pakistan after the country’s military found him guilty of espionage and terrorism in a secret trial in April this year.

Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from naval services.

India challenged the verdict in the UN top court, which on 18 May asked Pakistan to not execute Jadhav before they decide the case.

In its arguments before the court on 15 May, India had expressed its fear that Pakistan could execute Jadhav even before the court gave its verdict.

Both India and Pakistan will make their submissions before the ICJ.

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Jadhav's Case Proof India Trying to Sabotage CPEC: Pak Min

Pakistan’s Interior Minister on Tuesday said Islamabad was effectively pursuing Jadhav’s case at the ICJ as it was a proof of India’s intentions to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, according to a media report.

Minister Ahsan Iqbal said Jadhav’s case was a proof of India's intentions to sabotage the $50-billion CPEC through terrorism, The News International reported.

He said the CPEC was a result of unprecedented friendship between China and Pakistan.

“Nobody can reverse it, it will succeed at any cost,” he was quoted as saying in the report.

India opposes the CPEC, a part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, as it passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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