New Delhi: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday resumed hearing the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav at The Hague.
The world court has set a timetable for public hearings from February 18 to 21 in The Hague. India is arguing first in the hearing today while Pakistan will make its closing submissions on Thursday. It is expected that the ICJ decision will be delivered by summer this year.
Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.
However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.
‘Pakistan using Jadhav case as propaganda’
- Pakistan is using the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and International Court of Justice (ICJ) as propaganda to spread lies about India, eminent lawyer Harish Salve said during the ICJ hearing.
- India said that Pakistan has no substantive defence and is indulging in malicious acts. “Pakistan has violated Vienna convention and Jadhav’s custody in Pakistan should be declared unlawful,” Salve said.
- Salve said life of an innocent Indian is at risk and Pakistan has ignored 13 Indian reminders to provide consular access to Jadhav. “There is no manner of doubt that Pakistan was using this as a propaganda tool. Pakistan was bound to grant consular access without delay,” he said.
- Salve pointed out to the court that not only Jadhav has been denied consular access but no credible evidence has been provided by Pakistan to show his involvement in any act of terrorism.
Last week, Pakistan presented a fact sheet with evidence obtained from Jadhav after his arrest and during the criminal process.
Jadhav was captured in Balochistan in March 2016 and later confessed to his association with Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and his involvement in espionage and fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.
On May 18, 2018, the ICJ through an interim order stayed Jadhav’s execution until a final decision in the proceedings.