Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pakistan to form new team of lawyers in Jadhav case: Aziz

Ten days after India approached The Hague-based International Court of Justice demanding an immediate suspension of the death sentence given to former Indian Navy officer by a Pakistani military court, UN's top court pronounced its verdict yesterday staying the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan.

However, he added that Pakistan would form a new team of lawyers in order to present Islamabad's position more effectively.

The U.N. court ruled unanimously that Pakistan shouldn't carry out the death penalty on Kulbhushan Jadhav pending the outcome of a case filed by India alleging that Pakistan breached Jadhav's right to consular assistance following his arrest previous year. India was able to demonstrate Pakistan's disregard for global conventions and its propensity to undermine the rule of law.

"I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi we will leave no stone unturned" to save Jadhav, Swaraj tweeted.

The minister said the "Indian spy" was convicted after fulfilling all necessary legal procedures and any decision on the matter will be taken keeping in view national security.

It also hit out at India, saying the country has been "trying to hide its real face" by taking the case of Jadhav to the ICJ.

The ICJ on Thursday stayed the execution of Jadhav, dismissing Pakistan's contention that it had no jurisdiction to go into the matter.

Responding to the decision taken by ICJ, a statement from the office of Pakistan's attorney general said, "We are determined to pursue this case to its logical end".

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The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that the case at the ICJ had been mishandled and demanded a meeting of the national security committee on the Jadhav issue.

Last week, after India challenged the death sentence, Pakistan was asked by the International Court to put it on hold. "This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the court has given its final decision in the case".

Asian neighbors Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations, and Jadhav's death sentence has further strained ties.

India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8.

Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, an Indian former naval officer was arrested in March 2016, in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, where a separatist insurgency has raged for years.

Jadhav, who is married with two children, reportedly joined India's prestigious National Defence Academy in 1987 and was commissioned as an engineer in the Indian Navy in 1991.

"Pakistan should not execute Jadhav pending final proceedings".

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