ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed on Wednesday that India has moved International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Kulbhushan Jadhav’s conviction.
While talking to media in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan is reviewing India’s plea against Jadhav’s death sentence and jurisdiction of ICJ.
He asserted that a statement will be issued in this regard in a couple of days.
In an application filed in ICJ, India has termed the conviction as “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.” India states that it has been repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav.
India alleges that Pakistan arrested Jadhav in Iran and “was then shown to have been arrested in Baluchistan” on March 3, 2016. It claims that he was carrying out business in Iran after being retired from Indian Navy.
India also alleges that they learned of the arrest through a press release and were later notified on March 25, 2016.
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On April 11, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed death sentence of Jadhav who was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA). He was tried under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section III of official Secret Act of 1923.
FGCM found Kulbushan SudhirYadhav guilty of all the charges. He confessed before a Magistrate and the Court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of Law Enforcement Agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi.
Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan.
In March last year, authorities released a video in which the Indian spy confessed to New Delhi’s alleged involvement in terrorist activities in Balochistan. He revealed that he had been directing various activities in Karachi and Balochistan “at the behest of RAW”, the Indian intelligence agency and that he was still with the Indian Navy.