New Delhi: The International Court of Justice on Tuesday refused to entertain the plea by Pakistan to adjourn the hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Notably, Pakistan had asked the top UN Court to adjourn the case after Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, the ad-hoc judge for Pakistan suffered a cardiac attack ahead of the hearing.
Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, therefore represented Pakistan. “We applied our right provided to us that we can appoint an ad hoc judge. But since our judge is indispensable at this point. Pakistan would like to place before the court that another judge to be sworn in which right has been provided under article 35-5 and the judge be given ample amount of time to go through the briefings before going ahead with arguments,” he said.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Khan while arguing at ICJ reiterated that the Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav had “deliberately entered Pakistan” and was a “spy” not a businessman. Pakistan also accused India of sponsoring the 2014 Peshawar school massacre in which 140 children were gunned down by terrorists of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
Submitting his arguments at the ICJ¸ Khan said, “The Indian petition in the ICJ is a clear example of traditional methods to downplay Pakistan… India has always violated the resolutions of the Geneva Convention. In 2014, we lost 140 children in the attack on the Army Public School (in Peshawar), which was admittedly sponsored by India through Afghanistan.”
The argument has come after India urged ICJ on Monday to annul Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and order his immediate release. Presenting India’s arguments in the case, ex-solicitor general Harish Salve on Monday said,“India seeks relief in declaring that the trial by the military court in Pakistan hopelessly fails to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process… and should be declared unlawful.”
The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, is holding public hearings in the Jadhav case from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 February, 2019. The verdict is expected by the summer of 2019. The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case began on Monday at the UN court headquarters in The Hague in the wake of the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
The terror attack was claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group. Around 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district with a vehicle laden with explosives. The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
(With Agency inputs)