Kulbhushan Jhadav case: Pakistani lawyer's open challenge to Indian counterpart at ICJ hearing

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Kulbhushan Jhadav case: Pakistani lawyer's open challenge to Indian counterpart at ICJ hearing

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday reserved verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case following conclusion of arguments from India and Pakistan.

The ICJ will announce the verdict on the date finalised by both the parties. Pakistan presented its final arguments in Kulbhushan Jadhav case in ICJ on the fourth day of public hearing being held at The Hague.

Laywer representing Pakistan, English Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi, maintained that India has yet not responded to their arguments.

The Indian lawyer did not reply to Pakistan’s arguments but tried to divert the attention of court from unrelated issues, he added.

“India quoted my remarks out of the context. I do not to add anything as the facts speak themselves,” he asserted.

Qureshi told that Pakistan’s answer to Indian queries has been submitted in court. However; India has neither replied over the 2018 agreement and the story of Jadhav’s kidnapping.

“I challenge India to point out any error in the facts mentioned in British report. India says that the case is merely limited to consular access but it fails to explain how a spy can be given that facility,” notified Qureshi.

Pakistan has requested the ICJ to dismiss plea seeking relief for Jadhav.

Earlier on Wednesday, at the Peace Palace – the seat of UN’s top Court, Indian Counsel Advocate Harish Salve presented the arguments in response to Pakistan’s stance submitted on Tuesday through English Queen’s Council Barrister Khawar Qureshi, who posed tough arguments on Jadhav’s subversive activities and espionage.

During India’s final oral submissions, Advocate Harish Salve said irrespective of whether or not Jadhav had an Indian passport, he would have been tried for espionage if he was actually involved in subversive activities.