• Kulbhushan case: Pakistan submits reply and evidences in ICJ

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    The International Court of Justice resumed hearing the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav today File Photo The International Court of Justice resumed hearing the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav today

    Pakistan has submitted reply and evidences in International Court of Justice (ICJ) during second day of hearing of the conviction of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

    Islamabad is likely to plead postponement of the hearing following ailment of its ad-hoc judge Justice (Retd.) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani.

    Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor submitted evidences in the international court against the Indian spy while English Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi and Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal were also present in the hearing.

    The reply read that an agreement was present between both countries allowing non-provision of counselor-level access to prisoners in case of lack of cooperation against terrorists. Islamabad said that counselor access was not granted to New Delhi for Kulbhushan Jadhav following its lack of cooperation in the case.

    Moreover, Pakistan is mulling to appeal for postponement of ICJ hearing following ailment of its ad-hoc judge Justice (Retd.) Jillani. Diplomatic sources said that Islamabad prepared appeal to be filed in ICJ if the ad-hoc judge failed to join hearing in the international court.

    Jadhav was captured from Balochistan in March 2016.

    He later confessed to his association with RAW, and involvement in espionage and fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.

    The Indian spy was tried in a Pakistani military court, which sentenced him to death in April 2017 for espionage and subversive activities.

    Hearings in the case, which will run for four days, come at a time of intense tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours, as India has blamed Pakistan for a suicide attack on a convoy in occupied Kashmir last week that killed 44 Indian paramilitary soldiers.

    Pakistan has strongly rejected the allegations.

    India on Monday asked the ICJ to order the release of Jadhav. However, according to diplomatic sources, India has not provided evidence regarding Jadhav's retirement.

    "India did not give a satisfactory response to a question on the passport issued in Hussain Mubarak Patel's name," the sources added. "Jadhav had used the passport in the name of Hussain Mubarak Patel to visit India 17 times," they added.

    Pakistan's delegation led by Attorney General Anwar Mansoor will present its arguments today and will make its closing submissions on Thursday.

    It is expected that the ICJ decision will be delivered by summer this year.

    Last week, Pakistan presented a fact sheet with evidence obtained from Jadhav after his arrest and during the criminal process.

    On May 18, 2018, the ICJ through an interim order stayed Jadhav’s execution until a final decision in the proceedings.

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