The arguments before the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case will take centre stage in 2018. India is hopeful of freeing Jadhav who has been called a spy by Pakistan.
Dalveer Bhandari’s win at the International Court of Justice was a Herculean task. India adopted a strategy which saw Justice Bhandari make it to the ICJ.
The fresh confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav has been dismissed as farcical by India. In the 10.09 minute video released by Pakistan, the signs are clear that Jadhav is being prompted. The various pauses that he takes are also an indication that he is being coached. Experts says that in the video it is clear that he has been subject to torture. One can see the marks clearly on his face and these are signs of torture. He was clearly being forced to say things that Pakistan wanted to hear, experts also pointed out.
In the month of May there was a high level meeting at New Delhi held to decide on whether or not to move the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Almost everyone in the room argued that going to the ICJ would mean shooting ourselves on the foot. Past examples were cited to make out their case.
Pakistan has said that Kulbhushan Jadhav will not be executed until he exhausts all mercy pleas. Jadhav was sentenced to death in Pakistan on the charge that he was an Indian spy. India went up to the International Court of Justice which stayed the execution pending final hearing.
It was just a procedural order and India cannot claim victory, Khawar Qureshi who represented Pakistan in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case said. The International Court of Justice only issued a procedural order while staying the execution of Jadhav, he also said.
On Saturday several media outlets reported how the UPA had appointed Khawar Qureshi, Pakistan’s ICJ lawyer in Kulbhushan Jadhav case to defend India in the Dabhol power project case. Qureshi’s arguments before the International Court of Justice was rejected and a stay on the execution as sought by India was granted.
The counter the presence of an Indian judge on the ICJ panel hearing the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Pakistan is likely to appoint an ad-hoc judge. Dalveer Bhandari, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India is part of the 12 judge panel in the International Court of Justice that had ordered a stay on the execution of Jadhav.
Khawar Qureshi, the lawyer who argued for Pakistan against India in the case was appointed by the UPA government to argue in a power project case said a WION News exclusive. The Pakistan origin UK lawyer had argued against India in the Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice which had granted a stay on the sentencing.
Pakistan is likely to get a new set of lawyers to fight the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice. Many in Pakistan are miffed with the legal team as they were unable to defend Pakistan’s case. The ICJ had on Thursday stayed the execution of Jadhav.