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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif feels the heat as Opposition slams government for mishandling Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at ICJ

18 May, 2017 6:52 PM
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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif feels the heat as Opposition slams government for mishandling Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at ICJ

After the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan Nawaz Sharif's government came under heavy fire from the people and Opposition alike for mishandling the case.

With the International Court of Justice today staying Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution till it reaches to a conclusion, Opposition in Pakistan is slamming Nawaz Sharif's government for mishandling the case.

The ICJ directed Pakistan to "take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings".

According to a Dunya News report, main opposition parties of Pakistan, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), have sought Sharif's reply and have demanded him to urgently convene a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting.

PPP's Sherry Rehman, a former foreign minister of Pakistan, has blamed the Sharif government of ignoring a 'case pertaining to national security' because the 'government remained stuck in Panama Leaks SC case'.

PTI has blamed the Sharif government of working for vested interests and hidden motives that ultimately proved damaging.

PTI's chief Imran Khan has said that "the nation demands Sharif family disclose all its financial interests/assets abroad especially with Jindal in India and that "Pakistan cannot afford to have its security jeopardised by the Sharifs' financial interests abroad".

PTI is also demanding details of a recent meeting held between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian businessman Sajjan Jindal. Jindal is believed to be a close aide of Narendra Modi too.

India had approached the ICJ on May 8 and the UN's judicial arm had agreed to conduct a public hearing of the matter on May 15.

After the May 15 hearing, the court read out its order on Thursday, favouring India.

On April 10, a Pakistan military sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death after convicting him for espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan. Pakistan claims Jadhav, who allegedly used the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel in Pakistan, was attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Pakistan arrested Jadhav in March 2016.

The Indian government has maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav is a former Indian Naval officer turned businessman who was on a routine business trip to Iran when he was abducted by Pakistani intelligence.

Reports say he was captured by the Taliban and later sold to the Pakistan Army.

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Source: indiatoday.intoday.in

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