Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Wrong to say Pakistan lost at ICJ, says Sartaj Aziz

Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan PM's Foreign Affairs Advisor said, "ICJ didn't order on consular access to Jadhav. There was a paucity of time earlier, we will strengthen our legal team for the next time"

Two days after the International court of Justice (ICJ) put a hold on the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said that it is wrong to say that Pakistan lost at ICJ, as the court has stayed the execution.

While addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz said, “Wrong to say Pak lost at ICJ, the court stayed the execution, didn’t order on consular access to Jadhav”.

He went on to say that “there was a paucity of time earlier, we will strengthen our legal team for the next time” On appointing Khawar Qureshi to represent the country, in this case, he said, “It was a consensus decision to appoint Khawar Qureshi as our lawyer. Everyone was satisfied with his arguments. Some are saying that we had 90 mins, why we used only 50 – a substantive argument can be given in only 10 mins.”

On death sentence being awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani military court, Sartaj Aziz said he was given the punishment as per the laws of the country as he entered Pakistan with a fake passport.

Earlier, former Chairman of Press Council of India Markandey Katju called going to ICJ for Kulbhushan Jadhav case a ‘serious mistake’. He on his Facebook wrote, “By going to the ICJ we may have opened up a Pandora’s box”.

Former Indian navy officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav has been awarded death sentence by the Pakistani military court for his alleged role in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.