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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to form new team of lawyers for ICJ

 2017-05-19 11:19:16.0

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to form new team of lawyers for ICJ

Tahlka News Bureau

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is planning to form a new team of lawyers to put forward in its case in the International Court of Justice against letting off alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, according to some media reports.

Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz told the media that Pakistan's council had courageously presented their stance in the ICJ, which stayed the execution of Jadhav – in a let-down for Islamabad.

After New Delhi demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav's death sentence Yesterday, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the ICJ hearing was over. Pakistan argued that the world court has no jurisdiction in this case as it pertains the national security.

For which Aziz maintained that, the ICJ did not order Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav, but has merely put forward an opinion. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charges of espionage and terrorism.

However, Aziz said a decision to provide consular access to Jadhav is yet to be made.

"Pakistan's security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign rights," he said.

The minister said the "Indian spy" was convicted after fulfilling all necessary legal procedures and any decision on the matter will be taken, keeping in mind the national security.

"ICJ has only granted formal stay on the death sentence of Jadhav," he maintained.


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