Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

Nawaz Sharif Gen Bajwa India Tv

Nawaz Sharif with Gen Bajwa

During the hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague on Monday, India sought "annulment" of the death sentence meted out to former Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by an army court in Pakistan for alleged "espionage and subversive activities". India sought relief from the ICJ "by way of immediate suspension of the sentence of death awarded" to Jadhav.

Earlier, India appealed the court to ensure Jadhav is not executed during the ICJ trial.

At the end of the day's proceedings ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the verdict in the matter would be given "as soon as possible" and the date delivered in a public sitting.

Salve who is appearing for the famous Kulbhushan Jadhav case against Pakistan for illegally detaining him, with the case pending before ICJ presently, has charged a mere Re.1 for the case.

Jadhav, the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India, was sentenced last month. However, it denies that he has any connection with the government.

He argued that every country had undeniable right to punish the terrorists and the ICJ could not intervene in criminal cases.

"India invoked the jurisdiction of this court improperly", he said. A report published by United Nations Committee against Torture last week said Islamabad should stop resorting to military courts for terrorism-related prosecutions.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

India's representative at the ICJ hearing, Deepak Mittal, described the charges against Jadhav as "concocted" and his trial as "farcical".

Mittal insisted Pakistan has failed to respond to all Indian demands for information about the case, snubbing requests for documents including the charge sheet, and has failed to provide Jadav with consular access.

On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Faisal also showed the court a picture of a passport which he said was found in Jadhav's possession bearing a completely different "and Muslim" name.

Though Pakistan says Jadhav has the right to appeal, two-star generals will hear his mercy plea, Salve stressed, questioning the impartiality of the process. Islamabad also advocated an "expedited hearing which would dispel any suggestion for the need for provisional measures", adding that "Pakistan would be content for the court to list the application of India for hearing within six weeks". We submit that India's silence is telling.

Overall, the relief India is seeking from this court is not available and the "provisional measures" sought by India can not be initiated, Qureshi said.

"India's allegation regarding the kidnapping of its spy is not true and he [Jadhav] was arrested by Pakistani forces from Balochistan", he maintained.

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