Pakistan to drag India to ICJ over Kashmir dispute


The ICJ on Thursday ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings.

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

During its submission, India had demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav's death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over. The court simply determined that it had jurisdiction in this case, despite Pakistan's arguments to the contrary. Former law minister S M Zafar said prime facie, it was a wrong decision.

Islamabad's case before the ICJ.

Dr. Shirin Mazari, another PTI leader. and an expert on worldwide relations, said that Pakistan should have gone to the ICJ fully prepared.

Mr Salve indicated that Plan B would be to argue for an annulment of the death sentence.

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He said the decision was taken after carefully considering Sharif's unsuccessful policies on containing terrorism in Pakistan and giving shelter to "un-Islamic" terrorist organisation ISIS. "This was a game which started after Jindal's visit to Pakistan", she said. Sheikh said mishandling of Jadhav's case was a classic example of how in the power struggle between military and political institutions, gaps in the foreign policy and national security perspectives had grown.

Minister of State for Information Marriyam Aurangzeb, however, said the case was fought in the best possible manner and advised the opposition not to play politics over issues of national security.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested the Indian national from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran. Shrill calls for avenging the killing of Indian soldiers and other bombastic and bellicose rhetoric may impress the Narendra Modi government's hardline supporters at home but it will not ease Jadhav's release or secure his safety in Pakistani custody.

Pakistan alleged that the former Indian Navy officer was involved in spying and terror activities in Balochistan.

Concerning real and imminent risk of irreparable prejudice, he stated the similarities between the present case and the three previous death penalty and Vienna Convention-related cases fought at the world court during the trial.