Pakistan files plea with ICJ to rehear Kulbhushan Jadhav case

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Jadhav was reportedly arrested from Pakistan's Balochistan province on March 3, 2016. Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah even accused the government of not fulfilling its duties pertaining to Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

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 that the ICJ verdict has not changed the status of Commander Jadhav's case in any manner as the court did not give full endorsement to the Indians' argument in this high profile case.

Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ said that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. This means Jadhav can challenge till the end of Saturday his death sentence in an appellate court.

Aziz maintained that the ICJ did not order Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav, but has merely put forward an opinion. He said the ICJ decision was an outcome of the Sharif-Jindal talks.

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The International Court of Justice on Thursday blocked the execution of Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying and subversion.

"Pakistan's security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right", Aziz was quoted as saying by the daily.

The confusion in Pakistan was palpable last evening itself when the government of Punjab, led by Sharif's brother Shahbaz, stated that it would abide by the ICJ ruling while the foreign office asserted that Islamabad would not accept the UN Court's jurisdiction in matters concerning the security of the nation. "This was a game which started after Jindal's visit to Pakistan", she said.

National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Friday said that Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's issue should not be politicised. However, Indian intelligence agencies suspect that Jadhav was abducted from the Iran-Pakistan border. The retired Indian Navy officer has been in Pakistan custody for more than a year. As Pakistan had already denied India consular access to Jadhav, India approached the ICJ for a stay on the death sentence.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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