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Pak counsel rubbishes legal fees rumours, adds India misled ICJ

19 May 2017

However, it added that Pakistan will not remove Barrister Khawar Qureshi from their ICJ legal team.

Senior lawyers of worldwide law and constitutional law here on Friday said that the decision of global Court of Justice (ICJ) has not changed the status of the case regarding Indian spy Kalbushan Jadhav.

An ad hoc judge would not necessarily have to be a Pakistani national and among the names doing the rounds in Islamabad are former Jordanian prime minister Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, who has served as an ICJ judge, German jurist Bruno Simma, a former ICJ judge who served as Pakistan's arbitrator the Kishenganga case, leading legal expert Ahmer Bilal Soofi or a former Supreme Court chief justice.

One of the major aspects to anticipate would be what new facts Pakistan could present to the court.

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ICJ announced its verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav case yesterday in which the death sentence was stayed until the final verdict.

According to law, Jadhav can challenge his death sentence in an appellate court till the end of Saturday.

On April 10, a Pakistani military court had sentenced Jadhav to death on the charges of spying and terrorism.

"Pakistan was set to re-challenge the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice after it granted injunction on Thursday on an Indian plea to stay Jadhav's execution", said Dunya News. The World Court ordered Islamabad to give consular access to Jadhav.

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Bhandari mentioned the role of the 2008 India-Pakistan Agreement on Consular Access.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan government came under attack from the opposition for "mishandling" the Jadhav's case and two opposition leaders linked the weak defence put up by Pakistan at the ICJ to a meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal.

Mehmood attacked the government for selecting a lawyer at the ICJ "who had not a single global law case reported from the UK Supreme Court".

The ICJ rejected Pakistan's stance and stated that the court had jurisdiction and would hear the case and seek arguments from both parties.

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Swaraj is understood to have played a key role in nudging the Narendra Modi government to knock at the doors of the ICJ after Pakistan refused to pay heed to India's requests for consular access to Jadhav or permit his parents to visit Pakistan.