Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

ICJ to hear case of India man sentenced for spying on Pakistan

ICJ to hear case of India man sentenced for spying on Pakistan

In a declaration to the ICJ, days before the announcement of death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan had informed the court that issues related to its domestic sphere and national security issues would no longer be part of the ICJ jurisdiction. "A bilateral matter is now being internationalised", Yechury said in series of tweets.

Prominent commentators have expressed doubts over the ability of the International Court of Justice to enforce its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Pakistan summoned India's deputy high commissioner on Thursday to condemn what it called "unprovoked" firing over the disputed Kashmir frontier that violated a 2003 ceasefire and killed one civilian, the foreign ministry said. The case, which will come up for hearing on May 15, is likely to face a hard hurdle as Pakistan had on March 29 revised its commitment to the ICJ and has withdrawn all domestic and national security related issues from the jurisdiction of the court.

However, Mazari pointed out that, "In the case of spies neither Pakistan nor India has either sought consular access or approached the ICJ". The court "will hold public hearings on Monday 15 the proceedings instituted by the Republic of India on 8 May 2017 against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan", court officials said in a statement late on Wednesday.

India has said it was a "carefully considered decision" to go to the world court - a first in 45 years - to save the life of an Indian citizen. India has rubbished Pakistan's claims that Mr Jadhav was arrested from Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province and he was in the country to spy for intel agency Research and Analysis Wing.

In its appeal to the world court, India said Mr Jadhav, a retired Naval officer, was running a business in Iran from where he was abducted.

New Delhi has already protested to Islamabad over the death sentence imposed on Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, after he was found guilty in a closed heading last month.

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