FM Qureshi terms Kulbhushan verdict a victory for Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has welcomed the verdict announced by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, saying it is a victory for Pakistan.

“Commander Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan. This is a victory for Pakistan,” FM Qureshi tweeted.

Both Pakistan and India claimed victory as The Hague-based UN court delivered its verdict.

The court suspended Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and directed Pakistan to review his case after granting him consular access.

The court, however, rejected Indian pray to annul Jadhav’s sentence and order his repatriation to India.

In a press statement, Foreign Office said that the International Court of Justice in its judgment announced today regarding Indian serving Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav has decided not to acquit / release him thus not accepting Indian pray.

Pakistan, as a responsible member of the International community, upheld its commitment from the very beginning of the case by appearing before the honourable court for the provisional measures hearing despite a very short notice. Having heard the judgment, Pakistan will now proceed as per law.

It is reiterated that Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav entered Pakistan without a visa on authentic Indian Passport with a fake alias Hussain Mubarak Patel. Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav is responsible for acts of sabotage, espionage and multiple terrorist incidents in which scores of innocent Pakistani citizens were killed resulting into umpteen women being widowed and numerous children becoming orphans.

Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav has confessed all these acts during his trial in Pakistani court in front of a Judicial Magistrate. This is a clear case of Indian state terrorism.

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