Pakistan asks ICJ for early hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case
These issues were discussed when the Indian and Pakistani delegations met the ICJ president Ronny Abraham to discuss the timelines for the case
Rezaul H Laskar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A man holds a candle as he participates in a demonstration in support of naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in Mumbai.(AP File Photo)
Pakistan on Thursday asked the International Court of Justice to adopt an expedited timetable for an early hearing of the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national given the death sentence for alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism.
A Pakistani delegation led by attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali also informed The Hague-based world court of its intention to appoint an ad hoc judge to sit on the bench hearing Jadhav’s case.
These issues were discussed when the Indian and Pakistani delegations met the ICJ president Ronny Abraham to discuss the timelines for the case. Several ICJ officials were also present.
The meeting only discussed procedural matters, including the submission of written memorials, or written pleadings and supporting evidence, and to list the case for hearing.
A Pakistani military court sentenced Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, to death after a secret trial earlier this year. India has maintained that he was kidnapped from Iran, where he was engaged in business.