New Delhi, Oct 7: The Pakistan government has appointed former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as ad-hoc judge to head the team at International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, reported ANI. He is a cousin of former foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. The team of lawyers to defend Pakistan’s side was led by Justice Khawar Qureshi before.

However, when in Hague the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution till the final verdict is out, it was reported that Pakistan will replace the team of lawyers led by Khawar Qureshi. The Pakistani media reported that Pakistani lawyer Khawar Qureshi might be replaced for not being able to defend the case. (Also Read: As India celebrates Harish Salve, Pakistani lawyer Khawar Qureshi faces the axe)

Regarding the appointment of the new ad-hoc judge for the case, Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) representative Raheel Kamran Sheikh called the federal government to seek parliament’s support on it.

On Friday, a high-level meeting was held in Pakistan, along with Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf Ali, to discuss the further strategy and responses to India’s 22-page report submitted before the ICJ. In the meeting, representatives of the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Law and Justice, as well as other stakeholders, were present, reported ANI.

The Pakistan Army on Thursday said that it is close to a decision on Jadhav’s mercy petition and has good news for the people of Pakistan. On Thursday, a senior Pakistani army officer told the reporters that ‘good news’ may come ‘very soon’.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is sentenced to death by a military court for allegedly working as a spy for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).  Jadhav in June had sought clemency over his death sentence after his plea to an appellate court was rejected.