Pak accuses India on Jadhav's conviction

Islamabad ready to respond to ICJ's query
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Islamabad
10 May 2017

Pakistan today accused India of using its national Kulbhushan Jadhav's death conviction to "divert" attention from its "state-sponsored" terrorism in the country.

Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif's allegation against India came a day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the execution of 46-year-old Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "spying". "Indian letter to ICJ attempt to divert attention from state sponsored terrorism in Pakistan. Kulbhushan convicted of offences against national security," Asif tweeted. It was the first response from Pakistan after the order by the Hague-based ICJ.

Pakistan Army today said it will respond at an "appropriate level" to any query by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the death sentence given to Jadhav by its military court on the charges of "spying". Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told the media that Jadhav was sentenced by a military court after "due process of law". "If the ICJ requests Pakistan anything about Jadhav, then the government of Pakistan will respond to it at an appropriate level, he said. He said "the process is continuing within the army over the decision by the (military) court against Jadhav. However, he did not explain the nature of "process".

Earlier today Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa today discussed the International Court of Justice's stay order.