Pakistan defies ICJ order, won't grant consular access to India in Kulbhushan Jadhav caseIn an act of outright defiance, Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sartaj Aziz Pakistan on Sunday stated that it would not grant consular access to India despite the International Court of Justice’s verdict.

Aziz claims that Pakistan wasn’t allotted sufficient time to counter the Indian counsel and that they would appoint a new team to look into the entire Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Pakistan has also argued that while India had a representative in the 11-bench judge at the ICJ hearing that pronounced the verdict on May 18, Pakistan had been given no representation and has called for an ad-hoc judge in the jury.

Giving his view on the issue, former Supreme Court judge, Markandey Katju had said that it was a serious mistake for India to approach the ICJ regarding Jadhav.

“Pakistan must be very happy that we went to the ICJ over a single individual’s fate, as now they can raise all kinds of issues, particularly Kashmir, in international fora, to which we had always objected till now. By going to the ICJ, we may have opened up a Pandora’s box,” he had said in a facebook post.

The ICJ, on Thursday, ruled in India’s favour, stating that Pakistan must ensure that Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed. This was a massive victory for India in the global fora. Pakistan on Friday had filed a plea with the world court demanding a re-hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. However, the plea has not yet been accepted by the ICJ.

Pakistan had stated in a press release on May 18 that “as far as Pakistan is concerned, the Court’s decision today has not changed the status of Commander Jadhav’s case in any manner”.

The press release stated that Pakistan had “attended the hearing out of its utmost respect for the Court” and that it had “attended because of its conviction that the only way to resolve all outstanding issues is through peaceful means”.

Stating that the procedural measures have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision of the Court, Pakistan said that it is “confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Commander Jadhav”.

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