ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to file a second counter-memorial in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the conviction of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by July 17.
Earlier on January 23, the ICJ had given a timeline to both India and Pakistan for filing another round of memorials.
Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi briefed Interim Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasirul Mulk regarding the case last week. Attorney General (AG) Khalid Javed Khan and other senior officials were also briefed during the meeting.
India had already submitted its second memorial in the ICJ earlier on April 17.
Earlier in December 2017, Pakistan had dismissed India’s plea at the international court seeking consular access to the Indian spy, saying the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies.
Submitting counter-memorial in the ICJ, Pakistan had said that since India did not deny Jadhav was travelling with an assumed Muslim name, they have no case to plead.
“Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” the Pakistani reply stated.
“Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states,” Pakistan had also stated.
Moreover, Pakistan had granted permission to the mother and wife of the Indian convicted spy to meet him on December 25.
Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in March 2016 in a joint counter-intelligence operation.
A few days later, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released his recorded statement in which the naval officer-turned-RAW agent confessed to have been working for the Indian secret service.
He admitted that he was working for RAW, which had given him the task to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan.
Jadhav was later sentenced to death by a military tribunal following which India had then moved the ICJ, which after preliminary proceedings, issued a stay order until the case is decided.