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Opposition seeks PM's reply in NA over Kulbhushan ICJ verdict

19 May 2017

Opposition leaders criticised the government on Thursday after International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in favour of India regarding convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's case. "We are grateful to Mr. Harish Salve for presenting India's case so effectively before ICJ", she posted.

He even accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership of "deliberately" planning a weak strategy for Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in ICJ against India.

"Secret proceedings conducted in darkness are conspiratorial in nature and a denial of consular access emphasises the denial", Jaitley said adding the verdict was vindication of India's stand. As an immediate effect, Pakistan is now under an obligation to grant consular access to Mr. Jadhav.

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ICJ has only granted stay on the death sentence of Jadhav. In securing a unanimous verdict, India has succeeded in exposing Islamabad's consistent undermining of worldwide norms. "This was a game which started after Jindal's visit to Pakistan", she said. Last time, Pakistan had moved the ICJ seeking its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.

Malik points out that there has been no decision by the ICJ regarding Jadhav's death penalty. Pakistan did violate the Vienna Convention.

Asked about Pakistan's rejection of ICJ verdict over jurisdiction, he said: "The ICJ ruling is based on the global notions of rule of law and civility".

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Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ, which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari, India's counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav's choosing amounted to a "miscarriage of justice" and a "violation of his right" to defend himself from concocted charges in a "farcical trial". Jadhav's case is related to Pakistan's security. The ICJ has rejected Pakistan's objections regarding the urgency of the matter. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him.

While India asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy, Pakistan had claimed to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.

Later in an interview, Marriyum Aurangzeb said political parties and analysts are free to criticise the government, but they should refrain from doing politics on ICJ's interim order in Kulbhushan Jhadav's case as it is a matter of national security.

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