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Sharif regime slammed for 'mishandling' Jadhav case

Mohammad-Kaif Pak counsel rubbishes legal fees rumours, adds India misled ICJ
Cris De Lacerda | 19 May, 2017, 19:51

According to Pakistan, Jadhav was seized by its security forces in the restive Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. In this connection, they drew attention to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement on Thursday that India would leave no stone unturned to save Jadhav, who has been framed by the military establishment in Pakistan on concocted charges.

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.

"Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure that Jadhav is not hanged until a final decision by the court", said ICJ Judge Ronny Abraham.

India had moved the UN's highest judicial body against Jadhav's death sentence after Pakistan ignored its request for consular access to the former navyman 16 times.

Mehmood attacked the government for selecting a lawyer at the ICJ "who had not a single worldwide law case reported from the UK Supreme Court".

The channel reported that Pakistan has filed an appeal in United Nations court against the interim order given by ICJ, demanding another hearing within 6 weeks. He said the ICJ decision was an outcome of the Sharif-Jindal talks.

The Hague-based court had on Thursday stayed the execution of Jadhav, 46, considered to be a spy by Pakistan.

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

Another opposition leader, Kamil Ali Agha, described the ICJ decision as the "biggest diplomatic defeat" for Pakistan.

"In addition to issues of consular relations, this is a case in which it regrettably appears, on a preliminary examination of the facts, that the basic human rights of Jadhav have been violated by not allowing India to have consular access to him after his arrest and during the pendency of the criminal proceedings against him in Pakistan", he said.

The minister said the "Indian spy" was convicted after fulfilling all necessary legal procedures and any decision on the matter will be taken keeping in view national security. However, Indian intelligence agencies suspect that Jadhav was abducted from the Iran-Pakistan border.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.