Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf said that in today’s Interim Order, the International Court of justice has stated that by way of provisional measures, the status quo be maintained in the case of commander Jadhav.
In his official response attorney general said the court has clearly underscored that the provisional measures are without prejudice to the final determination of the merits and jurisdiction of the case.
He said that the provisional measures are a procedural process only to enable the court to have full consideration at a later hearing. These measures have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision of the court.
Attorney general further said that Pakistan attended the hearing out of its utmost respect for the court and pursuant to the established jurisprudence that the challenge to jurisdiction can be made via appearance and not by abstaining from the process.
Ashter Ausaf showed full confidence that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like commander Jadhav and it has no substance in the case.
Attorney general of Pakistan explained that as far as Pakistan is concerned, the court’s decision today has not changed the status of commander Jadhav’s case in any manner as on 15 May, Pakistani team had assured the court unambiguously that commander Jadhav would be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law to defend his case.
Commander Jadhav still has ample time to petition for clemency.
To recall, Pakistan had in its presentation on 15 May, proposed to the court that a final hearing be held on the merits and maintainability of the case as early as possible.