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Pakistan asks ICJ for early hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case

These issues were discussed when the Indian and Pakistani delegations met the ICJ president Ronny Abraham to discuss the timelines for the case

india Updated: Jun 08, 2017 23:56 IST
Rezaul H Laskar
A man holds a candle as he participates in a demonstration in support of naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in Mumbai.
A man holds a candle as he participates in a demonstration in support of naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in Mumbai.(AP File Photo)

Pakistan on Thursday asked the International Court of Justice to adopt an expedited timetable for an early hearing of the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national given the death sentence for alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism.

A Pakistani delegation led by attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali also informed The Hague-based world court of its intention to appoint an ad hoc judge to sit on the bench hearing Jadhav’s case.

These issues were discussed when the Indian and Pakistani delegations met the ICJ president Ronny Abraham to discuss the timelines for the case. Several ICJ officials were also present.

The meeting only discussed procedural matters, including the submission of written memorials, or written pleadings and supporting evidence, and to list the case for hearing.

A Pakistani military court sentenced Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, to death after a secret trial earlier this year. India has maintained that he was kidnapped from Iran, where he was engaged in business.

On May 18, the ICJ stayed Jadhav’s execution till it gives its final decision on India’s petition asking it to annul the death sentence.

Abraham asked both sides to specify the time required by them to submit their memorials.

The Pakistani attorney general asked the court to “adopt an expedited timetable with a view for an early substantive hearing”, according to a Pakistani statement.

Ali also informed the ICJ of Pakistan’s intent to appoint an ad hoc judge who will sit on the bench “for all proceedings in this case, including the substantive hearing”, the statement said.

The ICJ’s rules allow a country that is party to a case to appoint an ad hoc judge if an opposing party has a judge in the bench. An Indian judge is part of the panel hearing Jadhav’s case.

India’s has sought “at least release or acquittal” of Jadhav but the Pakistani statement claimed “India can never obtain this from the ICJ”.

There was no official word from the Indian side on the meeting in The Hague.