Opp criticises govt for mishandling Jadhav case


Zahid Chaudhary


Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah has said that the decision of International Court of Justice (ICJ) staying the execution of Kulbushan Jadhav is a setback, saying it reflects the government’s negligence.
Talking to media here on Friday, he said the government should have sent the attorney-general to contest Pakistan’s case in the ICJ.
Pakistan Peoples Party leader was of the view if Pakistan had a foreign minister, then may be the outcome of the ICJ hearing would have been different.
He claimed the government tried to keep secret the meeting of Indian businessman Sajjan Jindal and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Neither the prime minister nor his spokesperson divulginged what was transpired in the meeting, he added.
He also said that the Dawn Leaks report should be presented in Parliament for debate.
Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker, Ayaz Sadiq, said that Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav’s issue should not be politicised.
“If the army chief said that he provided the lawyer then any criticism directed at him is baseless,” Sadiq said.
The ICJ on Thursday ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings.
“Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings,” ordered Judge Ronny Abraham, president of the court, as he announced the decision.
The ICJ rejected Pakistan’s stance and stated that the court had jurisdiction and would hear the case and seek arguments from both parties.