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Pakistan violated basic human rights of Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan violated basic human rights of Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan, which announced the sentence on Jadhav on April 10, claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran.

Jadhav's case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India.

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.

He said the ICJ had given its point of view on Jadhav's case to get counselor access.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) said that the case at the ICJ had been mishandled and demanded a meeting of the national security committee on the Jadhav issue.

Seeking an explanation as to why the government did not submit a written defence before May 15, the PTI leader argued that apprehension regarding the ICJ decision had come true.

According to the report, Khawar Qureshi will continue to represent Pakistan in the court.

India had moved the UN's highest judicial body against Jadhav's death sentence after Pakistan ignored its request for consular access to the former navyman 16 times. He said the ICJ decision was an outcome of the Sharif-Jindal talks.

Pakistani analysts, who were earlier confident that the ICJ does not have jurisdiction to stay Jadhav's execution, observed after the verdict that the jurisdiction argument was "weak" and "damaging", reported Dawn. The retired Indian Navy officer has been in Pakistan custody for more than a year.

She said Pakistan should have appointed an ad hoc judge under relevant rules.

On Jadhav's appeal process, he said, "Unfortunately, India has no information on the issue".

In its ruling, the top United Nations court also asked Pakistan to give consular access to Jadhav, rejecting Pakistan's argument that a person convicted of espionage is not entitled to it.

"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.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.


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