ICJ rejects Pak plea to adjourn Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Pakistan efforts to delay the International Court of Justice (ICJ) proceedings in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is now in Pakistan jail, awarding death sentence, failed. The ICJ day refused to entertain Pakistan’s request to adjourn the hearing in the case to appoint a new ad hoc judge.

The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case opened yesterday, at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group that killed at least 40 CRPF soldiers.

Pakistan, which is presenting its case today, asked the judge to adjourn the case, citing the illness of it ad hoc judge. Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, the ad hoc judge for Pakistan in the ICJ suffered a cardic attack ahead of the hearing.

Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, representing Pakistan, said at the start of the hearing, “We applied our right provided to us that we can appoint an ad hoc judge. But our judge is indispensable at this point. In light of the above, Pakistan would like to place before the court that another judge be sworn in which right has been provided under article 35-5 and the judge be given ample amount of time to go through the briefings before going ahead with arguments.”

But the ICJ declined Pakistan’s plea and asked it to continue argument in the absence on ad-hoc judge. On the first day of hearing, India urged the ICJ to annul Jadhav’s death sentence and order his immediate release, saying the verdict by a Pakistani military court based on a “farcical case” hopelessly fails to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process.

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