In a tight slap for the lies that Pakistan has been telling, Amjad Shoaib, an ex-ISI official has admitted that Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured from Iran. This negates Pakistan’s claims that Jadhav was caught in their own country on charges of spying.
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.
According to former Pakistani military dictator, Kulbhushan Jadhav is a bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab. Musharraf told Pakistan’s ARY News that Kasab, one of ten Pakistanis who carried out the Mumbai terror attacks in which 164 people were killed, was “just a pawn”, while Jadhav, the Indian national Pakistan claims is a spy, “may have killed” people.
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.
Kulbhushan Jadhav could not have been tried a civil court because he is not a civilian is an explanation that was offered by Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s high commissioner. This statement reeks of double standard as the same rule of law must be made applicable to all.
In the case of Sarabhjit Singh, the trial was held at the Lahore High Court followed by the Supreme Court. Singh had spent 22 years on the death row before he was killed at the Kot Lakhpat jail in 2013.
He is India’s most expensive lawyer and charges anything between Rs 6 lakh to Rs 15 lakh per appearance. The high and mighty of this country are his clients. There are times when his fee would go up to Rs 30 lakh a day. However to defend Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice, he charged Re 1 as confirmed by External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj.
India has won round one of the battle in the International Court of Justice after the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav was stalled. Now it is over to round two where both India and Pakistan would put out arguments before the ICJ which would pronounce its final verdict probably by August. The ICJ had on Thursday said that the execution of Jadhav be placed in abeyance until the final verdict is out.
The verdict by the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav was hailed by one and all. The joy of the verdict was also made known by cricketers like Virendra Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif. While both cricketers hailed the verdict, they had to deal with the trolls who questioned them.
India scored a major victory at the International Court of Justice after the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav was stayed. While India has every reason to be happy about it, the fact is will the Generals of Pakistan abide by the same? After all the Jadhav sentencing was set up by the Generals of Pakistan to derail Prime Minister Nawaz Sharrif’s efforts to seek out peace with India.