THE HAGUE: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected India’s objections in the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in its reply submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), diplomatic sources informed.
The reply was submitted by Foreign Office Director India, Dr Fareha Bugti, the sources said. This was the first reply by Pakistan in counter-pleading, and overall the second in the case so far.
Pakistan, in its rejoinder, gave detailed answers to India’s submissions to the international court, the sources said, adding that Islamabad also rejected Indian objections in the case. The reply comprised over 400 pages, they said.
Following Jadhav’s arrest and death sentencing by Pakistan in 2016, India had approached the world court to halt his execution. Dr Bugti had also submitted Pakistan’s counter-pleading in December last year. The 400-page reply a rejoinder to India’s last reply had been prepared by a team of experts led by the attorney general, according to sources.
Pakistan on December 13, 2017, had filed its counter memorial before the ICJ, a world court in The Hague which is looking into the Indian complaint on the conviction of the Indian spy.
It is worth mentioning here that Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 from Balochistan. The in-service Indian navy officer was tried by a military court and sentenced to death after he confessed to be working against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), creating unrest in Balochistan and parts of Pakistan on orders of the Indian intelligence agency. NNI/Monitoring