Pakistan moves ICJ to rehear Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Pakistan has filed a plea at International Court of Justice to rehear the Kulbhushan Jadhav case

A day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the execution of Kulbhshan Jadhav, Pakistan has filed a plea in the ICJ to rehear within six weeks the case of the former Indian Navy officer.

Dunya News said Pakistan was set to re-challenge the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice after it granted injunction on Thursday on an Indian plea to stay Jadhav’s execution. According to the report, Khawar Qureshi will continue to represent Pakistan in the court.

Earlier, In a major reprieve, ICJ stayed Jadhav’s execution and dirrected Pakistan to prov ide consular access to the alleged Indian Spy. The World cited that both – India and Pakistan – were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible.

Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ said that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case.

Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer.

According to law, Jadhav can challenge his death sentence in an appellate court till the end of Saturday. A military court sentenced him to death on April 10 on spying and terrorism charges.

Within 60 days of the verdict of the appellate court, the inmate can make a clemency appeal to the Chief of the Pakistan Army, Dunya said.

A death row inmate is permitted to make the final clemency appeal to the Pakistan President within 90 days of the Army chief’s order.

(Agency inputs)