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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pak attorney general to act as Islamabad’s agent at ICJ

A communication issued by the foreign ministry informed the ICJ Registrar that foreign affairs director general Mohammad Faisal will continue to act as co-agent.

world Updated: Jul 06, 2017 22:13 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Pakistan attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali .
Pakistan attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali .(Courtesy: Office of the Attorney General for Pakistan)

Pakistan attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali will act as Islamabad’s agent at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the media reported on Thursday.

Jadhav, an Indian national arrested by Pakistan in the restive Balochistan province last year, has been sentenced to death for alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism. India has sought his release or acquittal at The Hague-based court.

A communication issued by the foreign ministry informed the ICJ Registrar that Ali would be Pakistan’s agent in the case, while foreign affairs director general Mohammad Faisal will continue to act as co-agent.

The Dawn daily reported that after a meeting between ICJ president Ronny Abraham and the delegations of Pakistan and India on June 8 in the Netherlands, Ali informed the court about Islamabad’s intention to appoint an ad hoc judge to the bench for all proceedings, including the substantive hearing of the Jadhav case.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has informed the ICJ that Pakistan has instructed government departments to give effect to the court’s May 18 interim order staying Jadhav’s execution, adding that legal process remained available to the him.

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. (PTI)

In May, the ICJ had ordered Pakistan to stay Jadhav’s execution until its final decision on India’s petition to annul his death sentence.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media arm, says Jadhav allegedly admitted to his involvement in espionage, terrorism and subversive activities, and expressed remorse at the “loss of life” due to his actions.

It released what it said was a confessional video of Jadhav, the second since his arrest. In an earlier video, he purportedly admitted to working for RAW to “stoke unrest and instability” in Pakistan.

India denies Jadhav was a RAW agent but admits he is a retired naval officer.