Pakistan seeks inadmissibility of Indian plea


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Pakistan has contested in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday that the petition filed by India seeking halt to implementation of death sentence awarded to spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is inadmissible.

While delivering arguments in the ICJ, Pakistan maintained that the state would not deter in fight against terrorism and those sponsoring terror could not shake its resolve.

DG South Asia in Foreign Office Dr Faisal in his argument at ICJ in the Hague, Netherlands on Monday said according to the Vienna Convention this court has no jurisdiction to hear such case. He said Indian Naval Commander Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani forces during an operation in Balochistan and he confessed killing of dozens of innocent Pakistanis.

He said the Indian spy was sentenced to death after fulfilling all necessary legal procedures and he was also given counsel to defend allegations against him. Dr Faisal said spies do not have rights of counsellor access and India did not produce evidence against Jadhav in the court. Earlier 13-member Indian legal team presented arguments which were branded weak by experts of the law.

Pakistan’s legal team comprises Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE in capacity of an Agent; Mohammad Faisal, DG (South Asia & SAARC) in capacity of an Agent; Syed Faraz Hussain Zaidi, Counsellor of the Pakistan Embassy in the Netherlands in capacity of an Adviserl; Q.C. Khawar Qureshi as the Counsel; Asad Rahim Khan as the Junior Counsel; and Joseph Dyke as the Legal Assistant.

Qureshi requested the court to declare Indian petition inadmissible. He said that Indian government maintained silence over bogus passport seized in possession of RAW-sponsored terrorist, Jadhav. The council cited the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 to challenge ICJ’s jurisdiction in the case. Qureshi also exposed Indian hypocrisy before the esteemed panel by informing that Indian team concealed the fact that Pakistan had handed over evidence to Indian government in the issue.-NNI