ICJ to deliver Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict on Wednesday

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THE HAGUE: International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to announce its verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Wednesday.

A Pakistani team headed by Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan has reached the Dutch city to hear the verdict. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal is also accompanying the Pakistani delegation.

The ruling will be read out in public at 1300 GMT, it added.

On April 11, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed death sentence of Jadhav who was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA). He was tried under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section III of official Secret Act of 1923.

FGCM found Kulbushan SudhirYadhav guilty of all the charges. He confessed before a Magistrate and the Court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of Law Enforcement Agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi.

Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3, 2016 through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan.

On February 22, the ICJ had reserved verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case following conclusion of arguments from India and Pakistan.

Pakistan presented its final arguments in Kulbhushan Jadhav case in ICJ on the fourth day of public hearing being held at The Hague.

Laywer representing Pakistan, English Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi, maintained that India has yet not responded to their arguments.

The Indian lawyer did not reply to Pakistan’s arguments but tried to divert the attention of court from unrelated issues, he added.

“India quoted my remarks out of the context. I do not to add anything as the facts speak themselves,” he asserted.