ICJ will neither acquit nor release Jadhav, says Pak lawyer

29 May 2017

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will neither acquit nor release Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, the lawyer representing Pakistan at the global court claimed today, asserting that India has wrongly claimed victory in the case.

"The Jadhav case is a very clear case. He can never be released or acquitted," Khawar Qureshi told media after a meeting with Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali. "You are making something out of nothing, Qureshi told newspersons. "Foreign office will be giving you a much more detailed press statement soon, he was quoted as saying by the Nation. Qureshi also advised mediapersons to "behave responsibly" and "give Pakistani officials the respect they deserve.

The UK-based lawyer said that India has "wrongly claimed victory" after the Hague-based court "temporarily" stayed the execution of Jadhav. "The problem seems to be that this case is more about political point scoring than about the law," he said. Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities" against the country.
The ICJ on May 18 stayed the execution of Jadhav.

The ruling triggered criticism of the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) for its "poor handling" and also for its choice of Qureshi, who represented Pakistan s case before the ICJ.
Several political analysts and politicians had claimed that the country's legal counsel was not adequately prepared.
Following the verdict, media reports claimed that the Attorney General will represent Pakistan in the Jadhav s case at the ICJ after widespread calls for a change in the country s legal team. Meanwhile, the Attorney General said that Pakistan would present all evidences before the ICJ in the Jadhav case, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.