Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to change legal team

After the International Court of Justice on Thursday stayed the execution by Pakistan of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan has made a decision to replace the lawyers that represented it at The Hague, media reports in Islamabad said.

Many Pakistani media outlets quoted Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister, saying that a new team will "present Pakistan's stance vigorously" at the ICJ.

United Nations court orders Pakistan to stay the execution of Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer, in a setback to Islamabad.

"Pakistan has perused the case involving Jadhav at the ICJ, taking into account the national security affairs and followed all the legal procedures under constitutional bindings", she said.

The ICJ at the Hague yesterday instructed Pakistan to take all "necessary measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending a final decision by it.

For Pakistan to follow suit and execute Mr Jadhav despite the court's order would "draw global censure", said ICJ president Ronny Abraham.

"Urging the United Nations and the the worldwide community to understand the double game of Pakistan, Mengal said", Pakistan is a hub of terrorism as it is producing Islamic terrorism for the entire world.

He said acts alleged by India fall in the Vienna convention which guarantees state to be given access to its citizen. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu also termed the verdict as a "major victory for India".

Zakaria also said that Pakistan will provide solid evidence related to Jadhav's involvement in espionage activities. Its rulings are binding.

India has won round one of the battle in the International Court of Justice after the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav was stalled.

Having ordered Pakistan not to execute Jadhav, the ICJ will now seek comprehensive submissions from both New Delhi and Islamabad on their respective cases.

National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Friday said that Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's issue should not be politicised.

Since Jadhav's arrest past year in March, India asked Pakistan as many as 16 times for consular access to the Indian national.

According to Radio Pakistan, Aziz maintained that the ICJ did not order Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav, but has merely put forward an opinion. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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