‘Regrettable’ that India choses to misrepresent ICJ judgment in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan

Pakistan has rebuked Indian statement misrepresenting ICJ’s judgement on kulbhushan Jadhav case regarding legislation being done on the matter in Pakistan.

In a statement, MoFA has reiterated that Pakistan abides by all its international obligations, and this applies to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment in the case of Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav.

It is regrettable that the Government of India has chosen to misrepresent the ICJ judgment which clearly states in Paragraph 147 that, “Pakistan is under an obligation to provide, by means of its own choosing, effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr. Jadhav…” said MoFA.

Pakistan has accentuated that in accordance with paragraph 146 of the ICJ judgement, it has provided Commander Jadhav the right of review and reconsideration by superior courts of Pakistan through the International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Ordinance, 2020.

Pakistan’s commitment to uphold the ICJ judgment was again reflected by the passage of ICJ (Review and Reconsideration) Bill for Review from the National Assembly of Pakistan, the press-release reaffirmed.

Furthermore, Pakistan has also stressed upon the fact that the paragraph 118 of ICJ judgement equires India to act in good faith, and arrange legal representation for Commander Jadhav.

However, India has been engaging in a deliberate campaign to obfuscate the issue of appointment of a lawyer forcing Pakistani authorities to initiate proceedings before the Islamabad High Court to request the Court to appoint a lawyer for Commander Jadhav.

Despite repeated invitation by the honorable court to clarify its position, India continues to deliberately politicize the issue.

India’s refusal to avail itself of the legal remedies provided by Pakistan and such statements reveal their nefarious designs to undermine Pakistan’s efforts and discredit the ICJ judgment regarding Commander Jadhav, said MoFA.