Today, India and Pakistan crossed swords at the ICJ over Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case with New Delhi demanding the immediate suspension of his death sentence and Islamabad accusing it of using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” through a “misconceived” plea.
The two neighbours – who last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft – India took the Jadhav case to the world court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence”.
After hearing the arguments of the two sides, the court said it will issue its order on India’s request for provisional measures “as soon as possible”.
“The date on which this order will be delivered at a public sitting will be duly communicated to the parties,” the court said.
India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over.
However, Pakistan asserted that Jadhav’s execution was not imminent, saying that a time frame of 150 days is provided for seeking clemency and in Jadhav’s case even if it started on April 10, 2017, the date of his conviction, the period could extend to well beyond August, 2017.
Minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj today said that Indian lawyer Harish Salve at International Court of Justice (ICJ) has charged just Re 1 for defending Kulbushan Jadhav case.
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“Not fair. Harish Salve has charged us Rs.1- as his fee for this case (sic),” Sushma said in a tweet.
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