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ICJ verdict on Jadhav today

NO SUBSTANCE IN INDIAN APPLICATION: PAKISTAN’S COUNSEL

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will announce its verdict on the request for the indication of provisional measures made by India in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case today (Thursday). The ICJ on Monday conducted hearing into India’s petition demanding staying of Pakistan’s death sentence to RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, a RAW operative and on-duty Indian navy officer, was apprehended from Balochistan as a result of a counter-intelligence operation in March 2016. Pakistan’s counsel, Khawar Qureshi, presented the country’s stance on the death sentence handed to Jadhav in the ICJ, contending that according to the Vienna Convention the case cannot be heard in the ICJ. “India has not provided any evidence to rebut that Jadhav is a terrorist,” Qureshi informed the court, moving it to turn down India’s request. However, a public sitting will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague today, during which Judge Ronny Abraham, will read out verdict, the ICJ announced stated on its official website. Speaking to newsmen after the hearing, Qureshi explained, “The Government of India brought an application to seek an exceptional relief from the ICJ, the highest judicial organ of the United Nations, such application should only be brought in circumstances of extreme emergency. “It is clear as we have tried to demonstrate in the court that the urgency was contrived and there’s no substance in the application to court.”

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