Days after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the case of the former Indian Navy officer would be taken to its “logical conclusion” according to the country’s laws.
Khan, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, made the remarks while addressing a passing out parade of paramilitary forces at Warsak near Peshawar in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
On Thursday, the United Nations’ highest court had directed Pakistan to stay the execution of Jadhav, given capital punishment by a military court for alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism, till it gave its final decision on India’s petition to annul his death sentence.
“An individual, a spy was arrested in Pakistan after he was involved in a serious campaign and activities against Pakistan,” Khan told reporters, speaking in Urdu while responding to questions on the issue of Jadhav.
“According to Pakistan’s Constitution and laws, he (Jadhav) has been sentenced and according to the same Constitution and laws, his case will be taken to its logical conclusion,” he said in footage aired on news channels.
Khan’s further said that “Pakistan’s stance at the ICJ is based on the lines I just discussed with you”.
Pakistani media reports also quoted Khan as saying that if Jadhav “was not apprehended on time, he would have carried out more terrorist activities in Pakistan”. He did not give details.
Islamabad has said that Jadhav, 46, was arrested in the restive Balochistan province for alleged involvement in espionage and subversive activities. New Delhi has dismissed these charges, saying Jadhav was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar, where he was running a business after leaving the navy.
Meanwhile, an unnamed official of Pakistan’s foreign ministry told The Nation newspaper that the country is “determined to win its case” against Jadhav at the ICJ.
The official said Pakistan will “contest the case with a new vigour to prove Jadhav’s involvement in terrorism, which led to scores of deaths”. A new legal team will be finalised to represent Pakistan at the ICJ after the “recent embarrassment”, the official said.
Another unnamed official said Pakistan had “all the evidences against Jadhav to prove him a terrorist”. He added, “The case against him is crystal clear. We will make sure he gets what he deserves. We will fight till the end.”