There is a chance of geo-political tension and the same may be ignited further due to the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) traversing through PoK, a United Nations report has warned. The report released by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said that the project could also fuel separatist movement in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
A top US official has said that India is moving towards isolating Pakistan and is considering punitive actions. “India has sought and continues to move to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive options to raise the cost to Islamabad for its alleged support to cross-border terrorism,” Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats.
The Pakistan Army was hit badly after India pounded posts across the Line of Control which were helping terrorists infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir. The operation was the need of the hour considering Pakistan was stepping up infiltrations in a bid to further the unrest in the Valley.
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.
The action taken by the Indian Army in destroying Pakistan posts across the Line of Control was necessary in the wake of rising infiltrations. In an emergency briefing, the spokesperson of the Indian Army said at New Delhi that the Pakistan army supporting infiltration has been given a befitting reply. During counterinsurgency operations at Nowshera, Pakistan posts have been destroyed, 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.
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.
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 arguments by India at the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case was crucial. India was aware that Pakistan would raise the issue regarding the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. In the legal circles there was a lot of worry about this point being raised and to overcome that various other options were used.