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Pakistan receives India's pleadings to ICJ in spy Jadhav's case

16 September 2017

Self-confessed Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Pakistan has received arguments submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested in Pakistan, Pak media reports said on Saturday quoting a statement of the Pak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The court had fixed June 13, September 13 and December 13 as dates for India to file its documents and for Pakistan to file counter-documents.

On June 16, the ICJ had turned down India's request to give it six months to file pleadings before the court in Jadhav's case.

Zakaria added that Pakistan will submit its counter-memorial to the United Nations court soon, in which it will highlight the acts of espionage and terrorism committed by Jadhav in Pakistan.

"India has today (Wednesday) submitted its memorial to the International Court of Justice in the Jadhav case involving egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 by Pakistan".

To a question about a senior Indian military official calling the Line of Control (LoC) as an "imaginary line" which India could cross any time for surgical strikes, Zakaria said that Indian Army often makes false claims in order to gain popularity among the Indian public and media which reflects the long prevailing Indian mindset.

Delhi also appealed to the court to impose emergency measures for Jadhav's execution to be suspended until the legal battle in The Hague concludes. However, later it went to ICJ with the plea to listen the case of Kulbushan Jhadav.

Jadhav had "confessed" before a magistrate and court that he was tasked by Indian spy agency RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities seeking to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for the restoration of peace in Balochistan and Karachi, according to the ISPR.

It said that the memorial is under consideration by a team of lawyers and experts, led by the Attorney General of Pakistan. Pakistan will submit its reply in December.

Pakistan claims it arrested Jadhav in March past year from its restive Balochistan province, where the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor culminates.

He accused India of involvement in subversive activities directed against Pakistan.

Pakistan receives India's pleadings to ICJ in spy Jadhav's case