India appeals to United Nations to stay execution of alleged spy

India Pak face off over Kulbhushan Jadhav at ICJ court says no to Islamabad's effort at playing ‘confessional’ video

India Pak face off over Kulbhushan Jadhav at ICJ court says no to Islamabad's effort at playing ‘confessional’ video

Minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that lawyer Harish Salve, who fought Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has charged Rs 1 as fee.

"We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tension", the spokesperson said when asked about the United States' stand on the case of Jadhav.

The two neighbours - who last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft - India took the Jadhav case to the world court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a "farcical trial" for convicting Jadhav without a "shred of evidence".

India appealed to the UN's top court to order Pakistan to suspend its planned execution of an Indian national convicted of spying. New Delhi insists Jadhav is a retired officer of the Indian Navy and was kidnapped from Iran, where he was involved in business activities. India has denied that he has any connection with the government.

Dr Muhammad Faisal told the court that under Vienna Convention the ICJ could not take up this case.

"India invoked the jurisdiction of this court improperly", he said.

Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a "spy" involved in terror activities, Pakistan asserted.

India is presenting its case first, followed by Pakistan later in the day.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan. Islamabad also advocated an "expedited hearing which would dispel any suggestion for the need for provisional measures", adding that "Pakistan would be content for the court to list the application of India for hearing within six weeks". "This was done in a military court, the proceeds have not been made public", he said. We have a long border with India where millions of people reside.

Salve also raised questions over the impartiality of the process and said that Jadhav's mercy plea would be heard by "two-star generals" even though Pakistan claimed that he had the right to appeal. India has accused Pakistan of "egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations" (hereinafter the "Vienna Convention") in the matter of the detention and trial of Jadhav.

Pakistan's counsel also claimed that his side had submitted to the court names of 13 officials that Jadhav named in his confession video while India did not even submit the whole dossier to the ICJ.

He said India did not express any reaction on use of fake Passport by its citizen.

Mr Mittal insisted Pakistan had failed to respond to Indian demands for information about the case, snubbing requests for documents including the charge sheet, and had failed to provide Jadhav with consular access.

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