The Prime Minister’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan’s position in the international court of justice on case against Kulbushan Jadhav in relation to merit and jurisdiction is very strong and will only further strengthen.
Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, Aziz said it must be noted that the ICJ has made no pronouncement on the issues of merit and jurisdiction and it has only asked Pakistan to keep a stay on Jadhav’s execution until it arrives at a decision.
He said the ICJ has not decided on consular access either and has only intimated that the matter will come under discussion.
Aziz said that not only was Jadhav an Indian citizen, he was in fact an officer in the Indian navy who has also admitted to carrying out espionage activities in Pakistan.
He defended Islamabad’s position saying Jadhav was tried and convicted in line with the country’s constitution and laws, adding that Pakistan’s position was “very strong” in this respect.
Responding to questions in relation to the legal team representing Pakistan, Aziz said Pakistan had “only five days to prepare for the appearance and the decision to send Khawar Qureshi was a unanimous one”.
However, he added that Pakistan will further strengthen its legal team and that it will go forward into the case with full preparation.
The advisor on Foreign Affairs rejected India’s view that it has won this case.
The adviser seemed confident on Islamabad’s position and said the government’s position was very clear and will only improve in the coming stages of the case.
He said an Indian Judge termed this decision by Indian government to take this case to ICJ a grave mistake as it will open the gate to take Kashmir and other issues to this forum.