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Pakistan now forming new legal team for Kulbhushan Jadhav's case

Pakistan now forming new legal team for Kulbhushan Jadhav's case

The announcement by Aziz came amid criticism by experts and opposition leaders over the government's handling of the case at the International Court of Justice.

Jadhav was convicted by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities and sentenced to death.

The verdict represents a diplomatic setback for Pakistan, which has insisted that Mr Jadhav's espionage activities put him beyond the purview of the ICJ's jurisdiction, and that the court can not interfere in matters of national security.

A Pakistani lawyer added that a bilateral agreement allows either country to make decisions on consular access in cases involving politics or security.

The case - a rare foray for the two South Asian nations into the worldwide courts - has highlighted the recent sharp upsurge in tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

In this case, India and Pakistan both differ on the question of India's consular assistance to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention.

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Jadhav was reportedly arrested from Pakistan's Balochistan province on March 3, 2016. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

No date has yet been set for Mr Jadhav's execution, although Pakistan told the ICJ during the trial that it was unlikely to happen before August 2017.

Meanwhile, Pakistan said the ICJ's decision has not changed the status of Jadhav's case in any manner.

In a separate declaration, Indian judge Dalveer Bhandari, while concurring with the main ICJ ruling, said that so long as there was a risk of Kulbhushan Jadhav being executed before the final disposal of the case, there was going to be urgency in the matter. Modi expressed satisfaction over the ICJ's order to Pakistan against executing the former navy officer pending final decision. The ICJ has endorsed India's contention that Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention regarding consular access. The tribunal has not yet decided whether it has jurisdiction to hear India's case, and a final ruling could take months, if not years.

Referring to Osama Bin Laden's compound in the Pakistan military academy, Mengal called upon the global community to take action against Pakistan which is promoting religious terrorism across the world and the terrorists who are operating under the patronage of Pakistan intelligence agencies. The ruling of UN's top court has been viewed as a big win for India, which has accused Pakistan of violating an global treaty that guarantees rights of foreign convicts.

Since Jadhav's arrest a year ago in March, India asked Pakistan as many as 16 times for consular access to the Indian national.


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