Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

India to file written submission with ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

India to file written submission with ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Pakistan's statement comes ahead of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case which resumes on Wednesday.

The global court had ordered India on June 13 to move a formal plea on September 13 and Pakistan was ordered to file a reply on December 13. His death penalty, ordered by a Pakistani military court, was stayed by the ICJ on May 18 and the case has dragged on, with India's Harish Salve arguing, while Pakistan has now assigned its Attorney General to counter.

In its initial verdict, the global court held Jadhav's sentence until the issue went is tried and delivered a verdict in.

Jadhav was awarded capital sentence by a Pakistan military court for espionage. "However, the Indian effort to secure his freedom has delayed the judicial process in Pakistan, and I am sure in the coming hearing the Indian government will succeed in bringing back Jadhav to India", said BJP leader S Prakash.

BJP leader Rahul Sinha also expressed hope for justice in the matter. "The court will take its decision. The matter is in the court and we hope that we will get justice".

India has maintained that Jadhav, a former naval officer, was in fact a businessman, acting on his own and had been kidnapped from Iran by ISIS and handed over the Pakistan.

Meanwhile, India's Ministry of External Affairs has refuted Pakistan's claims that the ICJ denied its request for preparation time, ANI reported.

Pakistan claims it arrested Jadhav in March previous year from its restive Balochistan province, where the CPEC culminates at the deep-water Gwadar Port.

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