AG says decision has not changed case status
Advisor to the Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz haas said on Thursday that International Court of Justice (ICJ) has not ordered Pakistan to provide India with consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav but has remarked an opinion.
In his reaction to ICJ’s order to stay Jadhav’s execution, Aziz branded it a routine matter saying that majority of such appeals are entertained by the courts. He said that the decision to provide consular access to Jadhav is yet to be made.
The point to be reviewed is that whether Pakistan’s security is compromised or not if Vienna Convention permits consular access to India.
Meanwhile after the order was announced, Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali has said that International Court of Justice’s decision has not changed the status of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in any manner.
“As far as Pakistan is concerned, the Court’s decision Thursday has not changed the status of Commander Jadhav’s case in any manner. In our submissions on 15 May, we had assured the Court unambiguously that Commander Jadhav would be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law to defend his case,” the Attorney General said in a statement. He said India has no substance in the case.
“We are confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Commander Jadhav. India has no substance in the case,” he said.
“Commander Jadhav still has ample time to petition for clemency. To recall, we had in our presentation on 15 May, proposed to the court that a final hearing be held on the merits and maintainability of the case as early as possible. We are determined to pursue this case to its logical end.”
“In today’s interim order, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has stated that by way of provisional measures, the status quo be maintained in the case of Commander Jadhav.
“The Court has clearly underscored that the provisional measures are without prejudice to the final determination of the merits and jurisdiction of the case.
“The provisional measures are a procedural process only to enable the Court to have full consideration at a later hearing. These measures have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision of the Court.”
He said Pakistan attended the hearing out of its utmost respect for the Court and pursuant to the established jurisprudence that the challenge to jurisdiction can be made via appearance and not by abstaining from the process.
In addition, Pakistan attended because of its conviction that the only way to resolve all outstanding issues is through peaceful means. The statement said we are confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Commander Jadhav.
It said as far as Pakistan is concerned, the Court’s decision has not changed the status of Commander Jadhav’s case in any manner.
Meanwhile following the judgment, Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Nafees Zakaria stated that Pakistan had challenged the authority of the ICJ after consulting with all institutions and agencies.
Talking to official media, Nafees Zakaria says India has been trying to hide its real face by taking the case of Kulbhushan Yadav to ICJ. He said real face of the India will be exposed before the world.
He said Indian spy confessed his crimes of sabotage, terrorism and subversion not only once but twice. Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan will present solid evidence against the Indian spy in the International Court.—SABAH