New Delhi, May 19: In a major development in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the Pakistan Punjab government on Thursday said that it will abide by the verdict of The UN Court which had stayed the execution of former Indian Naval officer by Pakistan till further order. The Pakistan Punjab government’s stand contradicts the words of Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria who had said that the country does not accepts ICJ’s jurisdiction in matters related to the security of the nation. Meanwhile, no official statement has been released by the Pakistan Army as of yet.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif government has received criticism for not being adequately prepared and for making improper selection of lawyers to defend its case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). However, as quoted by the Financial Express, Pakistan Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, has said, “We will accept the decision of the ICJ on Kulbhushan. Although Kulbhushan’s case does not fall in the jurisdiction of the ICJ, Pakistan accepts its decision.”
Leading news channel of Pakistan, Geo News has reported Sartaj Aziz, Advisor on Foreign Affairs to the Pakistan Prime Minister, as saying that the stay by the ICJ was “not something extraordinary”.
Noteworthy, a London-based barrister, Rashid Aslam blamed Pakistan for being ill-prepared and not utilising the 90 minutes it had to make its argument.“Pakistan had 90 minutes of argument time but we wasted 40 minutes,” Aslam was quoted as saying by the Dawn.
“It is very clear, Article 5 B of the Vienna Convention, that if a civilian is caught he is subject to human rights law. But if it is a spy, then human rights are forfeited. So I don’t think we presented the case quite well… Pakistan had the right to set up a judge there but we didn’t do that. I think Pakistan was grossly unprepared. It might be that we did not have enough time,” he added.
The Sharif government was also attacked by the former Attorney General Irfan Qadir who said that he is shocked as to why Pakistan presented its stand in such a rush. “The arguments had no weight. They should have been presented in a rational manner… Pakistan’s jurisprudence has been ruined because of this,” he said.
Senior PPP leader Sherry Rehman said, “More arguments should have been made regarding espionage.”