Pakistan To File A Second Response In International Court On Jadhav On July 17


New Delhi: Pakistan will file a second response in the International Court of Justice in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on July 17. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan after being arrested by security agencies in 2016.

On January 23, the ICJ had set a time frame for India and Pakistan to file another round of “memorials” or written submissions in the case. Pakistan’s top attorney KhawarQureshi has briefed caretaker Prime Minister NasirulMulk about the issue last week in a meeting. The attorney general of Pakistan, Khalid Javed Khan, and other senior officials also attended the meeting.

On April 17, India had submitted its second memorial on Jadhav’s case to the ICJ. India had approached the court in The Hague to stay Jadhav’s execution. A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

After the submission of Pakistan’s second counter-memorial, the ICJ will fix a date for hearing the matter, which is likely to be sometime next year. Officials have said there is little chance of Jadhav’s case being heard this year.

The hearing of other matters has already been fixed till March-April next year, and therefore, Jadhav’s case is expected to be listed only by summer next year.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested KulbhsuhanJadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India has rejected Pakistan’s contention that Jadhav was involved in espionage and subversive activities and sa- id that he was kidnapped by Pakistani intelligence operatives fr- om the Iranian port of Chabahar, where he was running a business.

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