Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court
Pakistan on Thursday asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to “dismiss or declare inadmissible” India’s claim for relief to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on a death row in the country.
Mr Jadhav, 48, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.
India on Wednesday questioned the functioning of Pakistan’s notorious military courts and urged the top UN court to annul Mr Jadhav’s death sentence, which is based on an “extracted confession”.
Making the final submission in the ICJ on the last day of the hearing, Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi said, “India’s claim for relief must be dismissed or declared inadmissible.”
“India’s claim for relief (in the Jadhav case) remains as far-fetched now as it was then (May 8, 2017),” he told the judges in his concluding remarks.
Closing the arguments, Pakistan’s Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan said, “India seeks relief which they cannot claim from this court.”
Asserting that the military court in Pakistan works according to the Constitution, he asked the ICJ to “dismiss India’s request” in the case.
Mansoor Khan also assured the court that the process of judicial review in Pakistan was robust and Mr Jadhav can avail it if he chooses.
“Jadhav has been charged with…