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Pakistan to file fresh rejoinder in Kulbhushan Jadhav case by July 17: Report

Pakistan’s rejoinder will be in response to a fresh set of pleadings filed by India related to the case in the International Court of Justice.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2018 20:13 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Kulbhushan Jadhav,Kulbhushan Jadhav case,Pakistan
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage. (PTI photo)

Pakistan is set to file a fresh rejoinder on or before July 17 in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) following the submission of a rejoinder by New Delhi to Islamabad’s counter-memorial, according to a media report on Thursday.

The office of Pakistan’s attorney general, which is overseeing the case, is expected to receive a copy of India’s rejoinder in a day or two, after it is received by the Pakistan embassy in The Hague, the Dawn newspaper reported.

On December 13 last year, Pakistan filed its counter-memorial at the ICJ in response to India’s memorial or formal submission.

On May 18, 2017, the ICJ had stayed Jadhav’s execution through an interim order. Following this, the Foreign Office communicated to the ICJ that the Pakistan government had instructed relevant departments to give effect to the world court’s order.

Khawar Qureshi, who pleaded Pakistan’s case in the initial stages, is expected to plead the case again when it comes up for hearing.

In its written submission, India accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not granting consular access to Jadhav. India argued that the convention does not state that such access would not be available to an individual arrested on charges of espionage, the report said.

In response, Pakistan said in its counter-memorial at the ICJ that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 applied only to legitimate visitors and did not cover clandestine operations. Pakistan alleged Jadhav was on active duty and the only deduction that one could make was that he was a spy sent to Pakistan to carry out “subversive activities”.

Pakistan also argued India had no explanation why Jadhav, whom it claims is a serving naval official on secondment to the RAW, was travelling to and from Pakistan with a Muslim name.

Pakistan argued that sending Jadhav for espionage and other activities by allegedly giving him a false identity did not allow India to invoke the jurisdiction of the ICJ, the report said.

Islamabad says Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan in 2016. He has been sentenced to death by a military court. India has denied the charges levelled against Jadhav and said he was kidnapped by Pakistani security agencies from the Iranian port of Chabahar.

First Published: Apr 19, 2018 11:47 IST