Pak will present ‘all evidence’ against Jadhav in ICJ on Feb 19

TIL Desk/World/Islamabad/ Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said Pakistan would provide all the evidence of ‘sabotage activities’ by former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on February 19. Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on spying charges in April 2017.

India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict. The world court has halted Jadhav’s execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it. Both India and Pakistan have already submitted their detailed pleas and responses in the world court and it has decided to hold hearings in the Jadhav case from February 18-21, 2019.

India denies all the charges and maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy and that he has no links with the government. In its written pleadings, India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav. In response, Pakistan through its counter memorial told the ICJ that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 applied only to legitimate visitors and did not cover clandestine operations.

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