Two days after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) put a hold on the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav until the final decision comes out, former Chairman of Press Council of India Markandey Katju termed the taking up of the case by the Indian government to ICJ a ‘serious mistake’.

Criticising government for going to ICJ over Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Markandey Katju on his Facebook wrote, “Serious mistake for India to go to ICJ. People are gloating over India’s victory before the International Court of Justice regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav. My own opinion is that it was a serious mistake for India to go to the ICJ on this issue, as we have played into Pakistan’s hands, and given it a handle to open up many other issues.”

He further mentioned on his Facebook account, “Pakistan must be very happy that we went to the ICJ over a single individual’s fate, as now they can raise all kinds of issues, particularly Kashmir, in international fora, to which we had always objected till now. By going to the ICJ we may have opened up a Pandora’s box”.

A military court in Pakistan last month awarded death sentence to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav for his alleged role in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.President of ICJ, Ronny Abraham in its verdict on May 18 said,”Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings”.

President of ICJ, Ronny Abraham while reading out the verdict on May 18 said,”Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings”.