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Pakistan’s arguments in ICJ inconsistent, says India

16 May, 2017 10:44 PM
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Pakistan’s arguments in ICJ inconsistent, says India

“Salve showed that Pakistan had granted conditional access to Jadhav by linking this case to an unrelated issue. But during the argument, Pakistan said the convention did not apply to spies of one country arrested by the other and this had been agreed to in a bilateral agreement. Only one fact could be correct, either access to Jadhav could be granted, conditional or otherwise, or it was barred. Both cannot be true,” a source said.

NEW DELHI: India said Pakistan's arguments on Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday were "contradictory" and "inconsistent" on facts and on legal aspects, failing to meet the points raised by Harish Salve for a stay on Jadhav's execution.

Sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, India had rushed to the international court on May 9 and got its president to write to Pakistan not to alter the status quo till it heard both countries on the interim relief sought by New Delhi.

During the arguments, India, through Salve, pointed to gross violation of the Vienna Convention by denial of consular access to Jadhav and the sham investigation and trial.

Sources told TOI that Pakistan's response was muted to most of the allegations made by India.

"Salve showed that Pakistan had granted conditional access to Jadhav by linking this case to an unrelated issue. But during the argument, Pakistan said the convention did not apply to spies of one country arrested by the other and this had been agreed to in a bilateral agreement. Only one fact could be correct, either access to Jadhav could be granted, conditional or otherwise, or it was barred. Both cannot be true," a source said.

When India expressed concern over Jadhav's impending execution, Pakistan's counsel argued that it was a red herring as the law provided for 150 days clemency period for any condemned prisoner in the country, the source said.

"But the ICJ bench rejected Pakistan's request to play the video containing Jadhav's alleged confessional statement," the source said.

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Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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