The International Court of Justice commences oral hearing on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, 48, on Monday at The Hague. India is likely to ask the top UN court to direct Pakistan to revoke the death sentence awarded to Jadhav for on the allegations of espionage.
Coming soon after a terror incident in South Kashmir’s Pulwama, where at least 40 security personnel lost their lives in a suicide attack apparently by Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, the hearing on Jadhav case could stoke fresh tension between the two countries.
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Pakistan didn’t inform India on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s ‘arrest’: India
Article 36 of Vienna Convention requires that a country must be informed about the detention of its citizens but Pakistan didn’t inform India on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s “arrest”, said India’s Harish Salve at UN court.
Pak sought evidence Kulbhushan Jadhav case after trial was over: India
Harish Salve says Pakistan refused to divulge under what specific offences Kulbhushan Jadhav has been sentenced.
“Pakistan used the case as a means of propaganda. Pakistan sought evidence in the Kulbhushan Jadhav after the trial was over”, he added.
Kulbhushan Jadhav’s purported confession clearly appears to be coaxed, Harish Salve said.
Alleged ‘confession’ obtained from Kulbhushan Jadhav even before FIR: Harish Salve
“The alleged “confession” was obtained from Kulbhushan Jadhav even before registering an FIR. Pakistan also didn’t share any details of the investigation,” said India’s representative Harish Salve at UN court.
“Even the date of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s arrest is not known, he was not even given a lawyer,” he added.
India sent 13 reminders, no response from Pakistan: Harish Salve
“Beginning from March 30, 2016, India sent 13 reminders for consular access (for Kulbhushan Jadhav) on various dates but received no positive response from Pakistan,” said India’s representative Harish Salve at UN court.
Pakistan has no substantive defence: Harish Salve
“Pakistan has no substantive defence. Pakistan hasn’t even divulged fundamental details of the so-called offence. Issues raised by Islamabad have no relevance,” said India’s Harish Salve at UN court
“Pakistan story was always strong on rhetoric and weak on facts,” he added.