Islamabad: After suffering a major setback at the ICJ’s ruling the Kulbhushan Jadhav case,Pakistan government plans to set up a new team of lawyers to argue the case in the UN court, reports Pak media.
The new team will “present Pakistan’s stance vigorously” at the ICJ, said Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, several Pakistani media outlets reported.
On Thursday, the ICJ stayed Indian national Jadhav’s execution until it hears and decides the case filed by India. Jadhav, who was “arrested” by Pakistan last year, allegedly in that country, was sentenced to death for “espionage” by a military court last year.
Pakistan’s counsel had “courageously” presented the country’s stance at the international court, Aziz said, according to The Express Tribune. “Pakistan’s security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right,” he added.
After the ICJ’s ruling staying Jadhav’s execution, opposition parties and sundry legal experts in Pakistan slammed the Nawaz Sharif government for even arguing the case in the international court.
“It is about time that Pakistan should review its strategy and hire a new legal team to defend the case in the ICJ, which has ruled its jurisdiction over the case despite the fact that Pakistan had recently entered a Revised Declaration under Article 36(2) of the statute of the ICJ on March 29, 2017,” said a columnist in Pakistan Today.
This article added that the new clause excluded ICJ’s jurisdiction on “all matters related to the national security of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan”.
Immediately after the ICJ’s ruling yesterday, a retired Pakistani judge told Dawn newspaper the court’s decision was “alarming” because the “ICJ does not have jurisdiction”.
A former Pakistan attorney general Irfan Qadir also expressed shock at the ICJ’s decision.