By Shumaila Andleeb
ISLAMABAD- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will announce its judgement in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case between Pakistan and India on July 17th.
A public sitting will take place at 6 pm (Pakistan Standard Time) at the Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands, where President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf will read out the decision, according to ICJ’s official website.
The case proceedings will be shown live from the courtroom and shared by the ICJ’s website for real-time update of the viewers worldwide.
Serving Indian Navy Commander Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 in a counter-intelligence operation from Balochistan’s Mashkel area.
India on May 9, 2017 had invoked the jurisdiction of ICJ following the death sentence of Jadhav announced by Pakistan’s military court on charges of espionage and
sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan.
On February 21, a 15-member bench of ICJ – the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, had reserved its decision after hearing oral submissions by Pakistan and India, two days each.
Pakistan has maintained that responsibility to punish terrorists lay with the states and it is beyond the jurisdiction of ICJ to hear this case. It has also raised questions regarding the authenticity of Indian passport of Jadhav who traveled 17 times to India with his cover name as Hussein Mubarik Patel.
During hearing in February, Pakistan stressed that India demonstrated “abject failure to respond to evidences of espionage” against its serving navy commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, and submitted before International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss India’s claim for relief on grounds of its “unfair and unrealistic approach”.
English Queen’s Counsel Barrister Khawar Qureshi had made compelling arguments to point India’s weak grounds on Jadhav’s fake passport, his ‘kidnap fiction’ and unlawful claim for consular access under the Article 36 of Vienna Convention.