The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today commences oral hearing on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, 48, today, at The Hague. India is set to ask the top UN court to direct Pakistan to revoke the death sentence awarded to Jadhav on allegations of espionage. It will continue for four days.
Coming soon after a terror incident in South Kashmir’s Pulwama, where at least 40 security personnel lost their lives in a suicide attack apparently by Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed,
On the background of deadliest terrorist attack on CRPF jawans in South Kashmir’s Pulwama, by Pakistan-based outfil Jaish-e-Mohammed, the hearing on Jadhav case could stoke fresh tension between the two countries.
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar refused to make any comment on the ICJ hearing, but hinted that Indian side is prepared for the legal battle. “Since the matter is sub-judice it is not appropriate for me to state our position in public. Whatever we have to do, we will do at the court,” nhe said last week.
A Pakistani military court sentenced Jadhav, in a closed hearing, to death in April 2017 on charges of spying and terrorism. Pakistan claimed that Jadhav was arrested from its restive province Baluchistan in March 2016.
India rejected the claim saying that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran. A former navy officer, Jadhav, India has maintained, had gone to Iran on a business trip. India accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by refusing consular access to Jadhav.