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Kulbhushan Jadhav meets his mother, wife from behind Pak smokescreen

In a carefully orchestrated event that played out through tweets, photos and videos, Kulbhushan Jadhav (47), on death row in Pakistan, met his wife and mother across a glass screen in Islamabad on Monday.After denying any communication with the former Indian Naval officer since his arrest on March 3, 2016, Pakistan arranged a meeting of mother Avanti and wife Chetana Jadhav at the Pakistan Foreign Office building, but denied any physical contact. Both women spoke to Jadhav through an intercom in the presence of five officials.Jadhav has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terrorism, a case that has become a rallying point in India, spurring calls for action to save the 47-year-old who New Delhi says was kidnapped and implicated by Pakistan.Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal indicated that it might not be the last such meeting. “It is not the last meeting. It should be categorically registered,” he said. But he repeated that Jadhav is a face of Indian terror directed against Pakistan.India has moved the ICJ in The Hague, on grounds that procedures were not followed under international law, a rare contest by the two nuclear-armed rivals at the top UN legal body.In May, the court put the sentence on hold till the case is conclusively heard.It was apparent that Pakistan was converting the humanitarian gesture into a full-fledged publicity blitzkrieg, by releasing a second video of Jadhav.Its diplomats portrayed visas to the two women and then a meeting on the birthday of its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah a grand gesture ahead of the hearings at the ICJ.But a jail-like setting and not allowing the two women, who had travelled all along from Mumbai to meet the death-row prisoner did not go down well in India.Though there were no immediate reactions from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said, “The settings of the meeting and their full publicity have robbed it of any compassion and humanity.”The meeting was supposed to last 30 minutes. But at the request of Jadhav, it lasted 40 minutes. Pakistan’s Foreign Office also issued a new video message in which he is seen thanking the its government for arranging the meeting.All information about the meeting emerged through Pakistani Foreign Ministry tweets and images. Its spokesman Mohammad Faisal identified Jadhav with his military title. He also tweeted that the meeting was arranged in light of “Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds.” “The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan. We honour our commitments,” informed Faisal.From Pakistan’s side, Foreign Office Director for India, Dr Fareha Bugti, was present at the meeting.After the meeting Faisal made it clear that it was not a consular access. He said India’s deputy High Commission was present during the meeting, but was not allowed to speak or participate in discussions.He, however, said that decisions on consular access will be taken by Islamabad keeping in view the law and interests of his country. He said that the meeting was positive and the two sides talked thoroughly, but refused to share its details.Earlier, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a Pakistani media channel that his country has granted India consular access since an Indian diplomat will be accompanying the prisoner’s wife and mother. India downplayed the comments, maintaining that the its diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav’s family. Later Pakistani spokesperson himself overturned the statement of his own minister.The FO spokesperson claimed Jadhav had admitted to his involvement in acts of terror.THE FARCE PAK TRIALMarch 2016 India’s former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav arrested by Pakistan on charges of espionage and terrorism April 2017 Jadhav sentenced to death by Pak. India says he was kidnapped from Iran, where he ran a business May ICJ stays Jadhav’s execution on India’s petition against the farce trial Dec 20 Pakistan issues visa to 47-year-old’s wife and mother to visit Islamabad and meet him Dec 25 Jadhav meets his family, first time after his arrest in March 2016

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Kulbushan Jadhav: Pakistan lets family meet ‘Indian spy’

Kulbushan Jadhav is facing a death sentence for spying in Pakistan – a charge that India denies.

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family lands in Islamabad, to meet him shortly; Confusion over consular access

After 19 months of captivity in Pakistani jail, former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is scheduled to meet his family in Islamabad today.According to latest reports, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has confirmed that Islamabad has ‘finally granted consular access’ toJadhav.New Delhi, however, has downplayed the development and said that Indian diplomat accompanying Jadhav’s mother and wife can’t be seen as consular access.In preparation for the meeting, Pakistan has deployed heavy security and traffic personnel within and outside their Foreign Office. Pakistani diplomatic sources said the meeting will last for an hour. Pakistan has offered to arrange media presence, if Jadhav’s mother and wife want to speak to media. But the offer has been rejected by India, reports said.Pakistani sources indicated that the meeting between Jadhav and his family members will not be the last, raising hopes that his death sentence may be deferred. The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to Jadhav’s mother and wife earlier in the week. The visas were issued after Pakistan decided to allow Jadhav’s wife to visit him. But later, it agreed to allow his mother to join, who had originally applied for the visa. Pakistan later agreed to Indian condition — to allow an Indian diplomat to accompany the two women and also to provide a sovereign guarantee to their security and safety. After extensive deliberations, the Indian request was allowed and December 25 was proposed last week as the meeting date.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav to meet his mother and wife today in PakistanJadhav, who was reportedly captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case. Pakistan had earlier repeatedly rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the navy.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to visit Pakistan tomorrow, says Foreign Office

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother will arrive here on Monday to meet the Indian prisoner on death row, the Pakistan Foreign Office has said.They will arrive in Islamabad by a commercial flight and leave the same day after the meeting, it added.India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh will accompany the visitors to the meeting.”India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day. Indian DHC in Islamabad will be the accompanying diplomat,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted last night.Earlier, media reports said that Pakistan had asked India to convey the plan of Jadhav’s family at the earliest otherwise it would be difficult to arrange the meeting.Separately, Faisal had said that the meeting would take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its photo and video footage would be issued.The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of “Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds,” he had said.Pakistan on December 20 issued visa to Jadhav’s wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.It said that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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Pakistan issues visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family

The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday granted visas to former Indian navy officer and prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife. The two women will travel to Pakistan on December 25 to meet Jadhav who is currently on a death-row. They will be accompanied by an Indian diplomat during the meeting. Pakistan has so far rejected over 20 Indian requests for consular access to Jadhav.Pakistan had initially offered a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on ‘humanitarian grounds’. But after a request from India, Islamabad agreed to permit his mother and an Indian diplomat to meet Jadhav as well. Jadhav, who was detained by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.Meanwhile, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed that there are 60 civilian prisoners including Jadhav and 416 Indian fishermen in Pakistan’s custody. She said since 2014, Indian government has provided legal assistance to 3 Indian civilian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails.India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access to the spy in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case.She said there have been reports of ill-treatment of Indian prisoners in Pakistan’s custody. “Since 2014, 10 Indian fishermen and 2 Indian civil prisoners have died in the custody of Pakistan authorities. Mortal remains of all these prisoners were brought back to India, except in the case of late Abu Bakar Nohri, who was buried in Pakistan as per the wishes of his family and as per Islamic rules,” she added.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan confirms wife and mother have received visas to visit him

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approved the visa applications of the mother and wife of Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on a death row in that country on charges of espionage.The spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign ministry shared the news on his Twitter handle on Saturday evening.Earlier, Pakistan’s foreign office sent a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs suggesting that Jadhav’s family can meet him on Christmas.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that Pakistan will grant visa to both the mother and the wife of Jadhav. On November 10, Pakistan had agreed to allow Jadhav’s wife to meet him. India has been pressing Pakistan to grant a visa to his mother Avantika as well, on humanitarian grounds.Describing it as a positive development, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan has also permitted an Indian diplomat to accompany Jadhav’s wife and mother during their trip. The diplomat will be present during their meeting in the jail. When queried whether allowing Indian diplomat to accompany Jadhav’s relatives in jail meant granting consular access, Kumar said it was too early to predict the nature of the access.Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending. In October, the Pakistan Army had said it was close to a decision on Jadhav’s mercy petition.Also readNo consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pak tells ICJAccording to Pakistan, its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, last year, after he reportedly entered the area from Iran. He was charged for espionage and sentenced to death. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he planned to start a business after retiring from the Indian Navy.After India approached ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the adjudication of the case. The ICJ had asked Pakistan to submit its response by December 13, before the court could start further proceedings. Pakistan is now expected to inform the ICJ that since it has agreed to provide consular access to the prisoner, India’s plea at the world court be declared infructuous.Also readMom, wife can meet Kulbhushan Jadhav on Dec 25: PakistanHowever, Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its ‘spy’.Media reports from Pakistan suggest that Pakistan in its reply has alleged Jadhav is not an ordinary person and had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office’s Director (India), Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav case does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav’s friends celebrate after Pakistan grants visa to his mother and wifeThe counter-memorial said the consular access under the Vienna Convention was reserved only for legitimate visitors and not for spies.Reports said the reply also encompasses the charge-sheet filed against Jadhav, which also includes his confession.Pakistan has stated that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name.””Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and also was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” said the counter memorial.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: At ICJ, Pak rejects India’s request for consular access

Pakistan today rejected India’s plea for consular access to death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its “spy”.In its counter-memorial submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan said the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies, the Express Tribune reported. Pakistan said that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it. Citing its sources, the paper said Pakistan has stated that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name.” “Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” said the counter memorial submitted by Pakistan, according to the paper.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav’s friends celebrate after Pakistan grants visa to his mother and wifeThe reply encompasses the charge-sheet against Jadhav and narrates Pakistan’s stance in a comprehensive manner.Sources said it took several weeks to prepare the response which was approved by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi last week in a special meeting. Official sources said that the reply was jointly prepared by the attorney general, legal team in the case, and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and submitted in ICJ at The Hague by the Foreign Office’s Director India, Fariha Bugti.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.”Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states,” Pakistan has stated in the ICJ.Also readPakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family to meet him in jail on December 25Citing its sources, the paper said Pakistan will argue that sending Jadhav for espionage, funding terrorist activities are some of the reasons that dis-entitle India from invoking the jurisdiction of the ICJ. The international court will now decide whether to take the case forward for hearing or ask both India and Pakistan to submit more documents. Talking to Geo News earlier, Pakistan Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali had said he thinks the case would be taken up for hearing around April-May.Last week, Pakistan granted permission to the mother and wife of Jadhav to meet him on December 25. A diplomat from the Indian high commission in Islamabad would be allowed to accompany the visitors.

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Herculean effort behind ICJ win: MEA reached out to 175 countries, Swaraj spoke to 60 of her counterparts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Intense efforts were made since June when India announced Judge Dalveer Bhandari’s name for the International Court of Justice and support was sought from nearly 175 nations, including at the highest level, culminating in his re-election to the world court.According to officials, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directly spoke with her counterparts from nearly 60 countries to push Bhandari’s case.In the run up to the re-election, India made intense positive campaign regarding the candidature. It raised the issue at every possible meeting at various levels, an official said.At the highest level also, the prime minister raised the issue during his meetings with world leaders, the official said.”India never indulged in the negative campaign. It was run on the strength of our candidate and strength of India strong constitutional system,” an official said.In what was described by India as one of its “biggest diplomatic victories” in the multilateral arena, Bhandari received 183 of the 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to fill the final vacancy on the Hague-based International Court of Justice after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters here.Bhandari, 70, was declared re-elected for a fresh nine- year term at the ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the race about an hour before the scheduled voting.According to observers, Bhandari’s victory has sent a strong message to the leading powers about the winds of change in the world and underscored the point that India is now a force to reckon with.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term. To be elected, the candidate needed majority in both the chambers.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.Soon after the election results were announced, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was congratulated by representatives of other countries on the floor of the General Assembly.”Vande Matram – India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind,” tweeted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.In the previous 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had consistently polled nearly two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.With Bhandari’s election, Britain will not have a judge on the world court’s 15-member panel for the first time.Also for the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ.The British move to block voting in the Security Council and go for the joint consultation mechanism, which was last used some 96 years ago, also fell flat yesterday.This is because, many of the Security Council members including some Permanent Members which were consistently supporting Britain in the secret ballot, backed off from voting in favour of the UK move to stop next rounds of voting as this required open voting, observers said.”It is actually perhaps the biggest diplomatic victory we have in a multilateral arena,” a long-time friend of India at the United Nations said.In a dramatic move, British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting.Rycroft said in his letter the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting and the UK therefore has decided to withdraw Greenwood’s nomination.”In taking this step, we have borne in mind the close relationship that the United Kingdom and India have always enjoyed and we will continue to enjoy…,” Rycroft said.Noting that Britain is a major player in the UN system, sources said the “signal to all the membership is clear that Indians are now a force to reckon with”.According to informed sources, three hours before the voting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi in his capacity as Security Council President for the month of November convened a consultative meeting with the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN Rycroft and Akbaruddin.India refused to budge against any kind of pressure and insisted to complete the democratic process, sources said.It was unclear what transpired in the next two hours that forced Britain to withdraw from the race.In Washington, US President Donald Trump in between had a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian- origin Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.It is learnt that many of the Britain’s supporters at this point of time clearly told them that they would vote for Greenwood only in a secret ballot but could not be seen voting in open against India and that too at a time when two-thirds of the world community was backing New Delhi.Reading the writing on the wall, Britain decided to withdraw from the race, sources said.At the start of the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting both Lajcak and Cardi read similar letters from Rycroft informing them about UK’s decision to withdraw from the race.Thereafter Lajcak and Cardi announced to complete the rest of the election process by having the name of just Bhandari on the ballot. Soon Bhandari was declared elected.In the last 10 days, it is learnt that India mounted an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to win the ICJ seat.Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is believed to have taken up the matter with some of the world leaders.After Bhandari’s re-election, he congratulated him and said: “His re-election is a proud moment for us”.He also expressed gratitude to the members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for “their support and trust in India.”

Bhandari’s ICJ win reflective of India’s strong constitutional integrity and independence of judiciary: MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Tuesday welcomed the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and said that the extraordinary support from the UN members was reflective of the respect for India’s strong constitutional integrity of the polity.Hailing Bhandari’s re-election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as a proud moment and credited External Affairs Ministry Sushma Swaraj and her ministry’s officials for their efforts in ensuring his success.On her part, Swaraj made a special mention of India’s Permanent Representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin while hailing her ministry’s team.”Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re- election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin, our Permanent Representative in the UN deserves a special mention,” she said on Twitter.In a statement, the MEA said the UN Security Council and the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of India and Judge Bhandari received all 15 votes in the UN Security Council and 183 out of the 193 votes in the UN General Assembly.”The extraordinary support from the UN membership is reflective of the respect for strong constitutional integrity of the Indian polity and the independence of the judiciary in India,” it said.It may be recalled that the Indian National Group to the Permanent Court of Arbitration had re-nominated Judge Dalveer Bhandari as India’s national candidate in June 2017, the ministry said.”India has been supporting the campaign of Judge Bhandari through diplomatic efforts at different fora. The UK decided to withdraw its candidate after a closely fought electoral process. We appreciate the UK decision. We thank all those governments who supported India in this election.In a series of tweets, the prime minister also expressed gratitude to members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for “their support and trust in India.””Congratulations to EAM SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA and diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ,” Modi tweeted.Bhandari, 70, and UK’s Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election as the UN could not decide between them after electing four out of five judges to the ICJ.Terming Bhandari’s re-election as a “huge diplomatic win”, BJP president Amit Shah said his win is a reflection of a “strong and decisive” leadership.

Humiliating blow for UK, sign of India’s ascendancy: Britain media mourns ICJ loss to India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice Dalveer Bhandari’s victory over Britain’s candidate in the world court is a “humiliating blow” for the UK, the media said today, even as India asserted that the hard-fought race will not impact the bilateral ties.India’s Acting High Commissioner to the UK Dinesh Patnaik also reiterated that diplomats of both countries had been in contact with each other from the very start, which reflects the strong bond between India and the UK.”A senior representative from the UK Foreign Office has been in contact from the beginning and expressed the view that it is two friendly countries with similar legal systems in the running. The whole process has been very cordial and it will not impact the bilateral relationship in any way,” he said.Just minutes after an 11th round of voting was scheduled to begin in New York on Monday, a letter was released by the UK mission to the UN announcing that Sir Christopher Greenwood would accept defeat and allow his Indian rival to fill the vacancy in the UN s principal legal body based in The Hague.The UK media has branded the “acrimonious” vote as a sign of Britain’s eroding stature on the world stage.”The UK will not have a judge on the bench of the International Court of Justice for the first time in its 71- year history,” reports the Guardian in dismay.”The decision to bow to mounting opposition within the UN General Assembly is a humiliating blow to British international prestige and an acceptance of a diminished status in international affairs,” it notes.Political observers believe the UK had no choice but to back off as it cannot be seen to continue to use its position in the UN Security Council to muscle its way in on important global affairs.It is also reflective of a wider chain of events triggered by the vote for Brexit in last year’s European Union referendum, which has already lost London two prestigious EU institutions the European Banking Authority to Paris and the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam.The ICJ blow hits harder as the UK is one of the founding members of the United Nations and has had a representative on the ICJ bench since its inception in 1946.”The UK’s failure to guarantee a place on the court of an organisation it helped to found has been interpreted as a sign of its increasingly irrelevance on the world stage following the decision to leave the European Union,” notes the Independent newspaper.”In contrast India, with its status as the world’s biggest democracy and with a growing economy, is seen as in the ascendancy,” it adds.Greenwood and Bhandari were both hoping to win re- election but this time Lebanon’s former ambassador was an unexpected sixth candidate for the five slots.His victory had left Bhandari fighting for a spot normally reserved for Europeans, and in this case the UK.In a statement, UK Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft said: “The UK has concluded that it is wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly with further rounds of elections.”We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates.”Many attributed Britain’s decision to remove itself from the race to the potential impact an intensified battle would have on the economic relationship between India and the UK.But there is no doubt that when Greenwood steps down at the end of his term early next year, it will reflect a shift in the balance of power at the UN away from the Security Council.”The so-called Group of 77 which represents a coalition of mostly developing nations has long been pushing for greater influence. The victory of India over the UK will be seen as a huge success for the G77 in pushing back against the traditional northern powers on the Security Council,” notes the BBC.Almost unanimously, the UK media laments what this defeat at the UN means for the UK a significant diplomatic setback and a symbol of Britain’s reduced status on the world stage.

Win wouldn’t have been possible without PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj: Dalveer Bhandari after ICJ re-election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India’s Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice with more than two-thirds of the UN members backing him, forcing Britain to withdraw its candidate amidst high drama in the hard-fought race to the world court.In one of the country’s “biggest diplomatic victories” in the multilateral arena, Bhandari received 183 of the 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to fill the final vacancy on the Hague-based International Court of Justice after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters here.”The win wouldn’t have been possible without the support of PM Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj,” Dalveer Bhandari said, adding,”the win happened due to coincidence.”Reflecting on the victory, Bhandari said India is known as an “emerging nation worldwide”.Bhandari, 70, was declared re-elected for a fresh nine- year term at the ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the race about an hour before the scheduled voting.According to observers, Bhandari’s victory has sent a strong message to the leading powers about the winds of change in the world and underscored the point that India is now a force to reckon with.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term. To be elected, the candidate needed majority in both the chambers.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.Soon after the election results were announced, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was congratulated by representatives of other countries on the floor of the General Assembly.”Vande Matram – India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind,” tweeted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.In the previous 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had consistently polled nearly two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.With Bhandari’s election, Britain will not have a judge on the world court’s 15-member panel for the first time.Also for the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ.The British move to block voting in the Security Council and go for the joint consultation mechanism, which was last used some 96 years ago, also felt flat yesterday.This is because, many of the Security Council members including some Permanent Members which were consistently supporting Britain in the secret ballot, backed off from voting in favour of the UK move to stop next rounds of voting as this required open voting, observers said.”It is actually perhaps the biggest diplomatic victory we have in a multilateral arena,” a long-time friend of India at the United Nations said.In a dramatic move, British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting.Rycroft said in his letter the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting and the UK therefore has decided to withdraw Greenwood’s nomination.”In taking this step, we have borne in mind the close relationship that the United Kingdom and India have always enjoyed and we will continue to enjoy…,” Rycroft said.Noting that Britain is a major player in the UN system, sources said the “signal to all the membership is clear that Indians are now a force to reckon with”.According to informed sources, three hours before the voting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi in his capacity as Security Council President for the month of November convened a consultative meeting with the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN Rycroft and Akbaruddin.India refused to budge against any kind of pressure and insisted to complete the democratic process, sources said.It was unclear what transpired in the next two hours that forced Britain to withdraw from the race.In Washington, US President Donald Trump in between had a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian- origin Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.It is learnt that many of the Britain’s supporters at this point of time clearly told them that they would vote for Greenwood only in a secret ballot but could not be seen voting in open against India and that too at a time when two-thirds of the world community was backing New Delhi.Reading the writing on the wall, Britain decided to withdraw from the race, sources said.At the start of the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting both Lajcak and Cardi read similar letters from Rycroft informing them about UK’s decision to withdraw from the race.Thereafter Lajcak and Cardi announced to complete the rest of the election process by having the name of just Bhandari on the ballot. Soon Bhandari was declared elected.In the last 10 days, it is learnt that India mounted an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to win the ICJ seat.Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is believed to have taken up the matter with some of the world leaders.

‘A vote that brings cheer to a billion’: Congratulations pour in for Dalveer Bhandari after ICJ win

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s Dalveer Bhandari was today re-elected to the International Court of Justice with more than two-thirds of the UN members backing him, forcing Britain to withdraw its candidate amidst high drama in the hard-fought race to the world court.In one of the country’s “biggest diplomatic victories” in the multilateral arena, Bhandari received 183 of the 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to fill the final vacancy on the Hague-based International Court of Justice after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters here.Bhandari, 70, was declared re-elected for a fresh nine- year term at the ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the race about an hour before the scheduled voting.
ALSO READ Win wouldn’t have been possible without PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj: Dalveer Bhandari after ICJ re-electionBhandari, 70, was declared re-elected for a fresh nine- year term at the ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the race about an hour before the scheduled voting.According to observers, Bhandari’s victory has sent a strong message to the leading powers about the winds of change in the world and underscored the point that India is now a force to reckon with.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term. To be elected, the candidate needed majority in both the chambers.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.Soon after the election results were announced, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was congratulated by representatives of other countries on the floor of the General Assembly.”Vande Matram – India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind,” tweeted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.In the previous 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had consistently polled nearly two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.With Bhandari’s election, Britain will not have a judge on the world court’s 15-member panel for the first time.Also for the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ.The British move to block voting in the Security Council and go for the joint consultation mechanism, which was last used some 96 years ago, also felt flat yesterday.This is because, many of the Security Council members including some Permanent Members which were consistently supporting Britain in the secret ballot, backed off from voting in favour of the UK move to stop next rounds of voting as this required open voting, observers said.”It is actually perhaps the biggest diplomatic victory we have in a multilateral arena,” a long-time friend of India at the United Nations said.In a dramatic move, British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting.Rycroft said in his letter the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting and the UK therefore has decided to withdraw Greenwood’s nomination.”In taking this step, we have borne in mind the close relationship that the United Kingdom and India have always enjoyed and we will continue to enjoy…,” Rycroft said.Noting that Britain is a major player in the UN system, sources said the “signal to all the membership is clear that Indians are now a force to reckon with”.According to informed sources, three hours before the voting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi in his capacity as Security Council President for the month of November convened a consultative meeting with the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN Rycroft and Akbaruddin.India refused to budge against any kind of pressure and insisted to complete the democratic process, sources said.It was unclear what transpired in the next two hours that forced Britain to withdraw from the race.In Washington, US President Donald Trump in between had a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian- origin Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.It is learnt that many of the Britain’s supporters at this point of time clearly told them that they would vote for Greenwood only in a secret ballot but could not be seen voting in open against India and that too at a time when two-thirds of the world community was backing New Delhi.Reading the writing on the wall, Britain decided to withdraw from the race, sources said.At the start of the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting both Lajcak and Cardi read similar letters from Rycroft informing them about UK’s decision to withdraw from the race.Thereafter Lajcak and Cardi announced to complete the rest of the election process by having the name of just Bhandari on the ballot. Soon Bhandari was declared elected.In the last 10 days, it is learnt that India mounted an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to win the ICJ seat.Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is believed to have taken up the matter with some of the world leaders.

Inside Story: Here’s how India ensured Dalveer Bhandari’s re-election as ICJ judge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The re-election of Indian nominee Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the last seat of the world court has sown India’s strategic connect as well as the new world order based on democratic processes and principles.Ahead of the election, where Bhandari was pitted against the British nominee Christopher Greenwood, India pulled all stops to ensure his victory with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj contacting some of her 100 counterparts mostly from African and Latin American countries. Officials at her ministry were also in constant touch with the envoy of developing countries stationed in New Delhi.“They had all ensured support, but were skeptical whether India will be able to pull support at the 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) dominated by world powers,” a source said.For a victory, it was necessary to enlist majority both at the UN General Assembly as well as at the UNSC.After former Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case (currently on a death row in Pakistan) reached to the world court, there was an understanding that having an Indian judge in the ICJ was a political priority. Insiders said that till early 2017, the South Block had almost made up mind to demit the Indian seat in the current election cycle, as they had assessed there were not many chances for their nominee to get re-elected with Britain and other countries joining the race. Bhandari’s nomination was officially backed by India, along with Australia, Bangladesh, Colombia, and Israel.In a carefully crafted strategy involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swaraj, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and India’s representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin, India sought to enlist the support of countries raising the issue of democratic process.“We convinced countries that the democratic process needs to play its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly and there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that has never been used before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority,” officials said.The strategy clicked with a number of developing countries pledging their support to India against the nominee of a former colonial power and member of the UNSC. Admitting that there were pulls, pressures, and allurements, asking India to withdraw its candidature in favour of powerful UK, but it was firmly put down. In a typical disruptions style of PM Modi, the team overlooking the election ruled out any compromise asserting that the candidate who enjoys the overwhelming support of the General Assembly members can be the only be a legitimate candidate to go through. As the lobbying has intensified, the campaign took an ugly turn with Greenwood’s supporters trying to break Bhandari’s growing support in the Assembly by carrying out a stealth campaign to make it appear that India was giving up, according to diplomats.But Indian officials maintained that voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favoured India is reflective of the new global order, which is not pleasant to the world powers. In earlier rounds Bhandari has nearly a two-thirds majority with 121 votes in the 193-member Assembly, while Greenwood has a slender majority of nine in the 15-member Council. Both the 193-member UNGA and the 15-member UNSC have to vote independently to elect the members of the ICJ.A beaming Syed Akbaruddin admitted that a huge diplomatic effort had gone into electing Bhandari to the world court. “There was a crucial meet before the vote. We put forward our view and stuck to it. It was apparent that vote will be in our favour. We are grateful that the UK judge recused and recognised that the Indian judge was doing good in UNGA,” he said in New York.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj congratulated Justice Bhandari this morning. “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin, our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention,” she said in a tweet.President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated Bhandari, posting on Twitter. “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari for his re-election to the ICJ. A diplomatic milestone for India.”India officially began the process of re-nominating Bhandari in late June, which kick-started the lobbying process to get him on back on the bench in The Hague’s Peace Palace. With the ICJ to adjudicate the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav over the next few years, the perception in New Delhi is that having an Indian judge on the bench is a national priority. Pakistan, the other party in the ‘Jadhav Case’, also has the right to nominate an ad-hoc judge to the bench since the ICJ has a serving Indian judge, but not one with Pakistani nationality.Sources here said that the lobbying had already begun at the highest level at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg in the first week of July, when Modi solicited support for Bhandari in all his diplomatic interactions with foreign leaders. He also got support from BRICS leaders during the summit in Xiamen, China, and then raised the issue again during his bilateral trip to Myanmar, while calling for just international order.Swaraj, who led an Indian delegation at the UNGA’s annual session, stayed in New York last September for seven days. Her top priority was to directly speak to her counterparts and get as many committed votes for Bhandari as possible. As one source here confirmed that there was a very high level of effort being put in by the Indian government. “Instructions had gone out to ensure that Bhandari’s candidature finds mentions at India’s diplomatic interactions, whether they involve just diplomats or the country’s top leaders,” they said.Plans were also drawn up to draft personal letters from the prime minister to his counterparts. Diplomats were also sent to the critical countries to garner support. India decided on Bhandari’s re-nomination only a few weeks before the July 3 deadline. This despite that India’s seat for Asia Pacific group already had a contender in the form of Lebanon’s permanent representative, Nawaf Salam. Egypt, currently a non-permanent UNSC member was the first to announce that it will support Bhandari. In return, India agreed to back the Egyptian candidate for the post of director general of UNESCO.The current diplomatic push for the world court seat reminded the 2010 elections for the UNSC non-permanent seat when the government of Manmohan Singh also pulled all stops to win the election. Due to those efforts, India won the seat that it held for two years with an overwhelming number of countries including Pakistan endorsing its sole candidature from the Asian group. India received the highest number of votes — 187 out of 192 — among all countries in the fray.

Pleased to see ‘close friend’ India win: UK on Dalveer Bhandari’s re-election to ICJ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Britain has congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice and said it will continue to cooperate closely with India at the United Nations and globally.Bhandari was today re-elected to the last seat of the Hague-based ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.India’s nominee Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.Britain’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft, in a statement said it decided to withdraw Sir Chris Greenwood as a candidate for re-election as a Judge of the International Court of Justice.”The UK has concluded that it is wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly with further rounds of elections,” he said. Britain, he said, congratulates the successful candidates, including Judge Bhandari of India.Earlier, it appeared that there was a neck-and-neck contest between Bhandari and Greenwood.”We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates,” Rycroft said. “If the UK could not win in this run-off, then we are pleased that it is a close friend like India that has done so instead. We will continue to cooperate closely with India, here in the United Nations and globally,” he said.Rycroft said that the UK will continue to support the work of the ICJ, “in line with our commitment to the importance of the rule of law in the UN system and in the international community more generally”.Britain’s withdrawal from the election to the prestigious world court would mean that there will not be a British judge on the UN’s most powerful court for the first time in its history.

Dalveer Bhandari re-elected as ICJ judge; UK says pleased to see ‘close friend’ India win

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected as the fifth judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after the United Kingdom withdrew the nomination of Christopher Greenwood on Monday.Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.Expressing her happiness over the victory of Indian nominee at the ICJ election, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to her Twitter page to say, “Vande Matram – India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind. #ICJ”On November 9, the UNGA and Security Council members had elected judges to four of the five seats up for re-election this year, with the fate of candidates from India and the UK hanging in the balance. The UK had tried use every trick in the trade to ensure that India’s nominee did not make it to the ICJ.Justice Bhandari will be among the judges who will hear the pending case pertaining to India’s Kulbhushan Jadhav, currently in a Pakistan jail.Britain’s withdrawal from the election to the prestigious world court would mean that there will not be a British judge on the UN’s most powerful court for the first time in its history. Meanwhile, Britain has congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice and said it will continue to cooperate closely with India at the United Nations and globally.Britain’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft, in a statement said, “We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates. “If the UK could not win in this run-off, then we are pleased that it is a close friend like India that has done so instead.””We will continue to cooperate closely with India, here in the United Nations and globally,” he said.Based in The Hague, the ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.

UK withdraws judge from UN court of justice seat bid

Indian candidate to take position on bench, bringing end to the UK’s role on court for the first time.

Here’s why UNSC permanent members are wary of India’s nominee winning ICJ election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The permanent members of the UN Security Council are ‘unnerved’ by the prospect of India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari winning against Britain’s candidate in the election to the last seat of the World Court as it would set a precedent that may challenge their power in the future, observers here feel.Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, the sources say. The permanent members of the Security Council — the US, Russia, France and China — appeared to have rallied behind Greenwood. Britain is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council. In the 11 rounds of election so far, Bhandari has been receiving support of nearly two-third of the members of the General Assembly, but is trailing by three votes against Greenwood in the Security Council.The 12th round of elections has been scheduled for today. Britain on Friday in an informal consultation of the UN Security Council members mooted the idea of joint conference mechanism as it feels that this could be their only face saving exit strategy, informed sources said. As shared with other members of the Security Council during informal consultations, Britain would prefer to stop voting on the ICJ elections after the first round as it fears that otherwise India could well cross the two-third mark. In that scenario it would be very difficult for the UN Security Council stop India’s candidate from being elected to the ICJ.
ALSO READ ICJ election: Amid Britain resorting to ‘dirty politics’, India and UK face off today for last seatHowever, the prospect of India winning against a P5 member through democratic means is something that this elite club of veto-wielding countries Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are unnerved with, because this would set a precedent that they do not want to be repeated. “Today it is Britain, tomorrow it could be any one of us” is the argument which has brought all these five countries together, sources say.”If the one (of the P5) is going to be knocked off today, the other fear that they might be knocked off tomorrow,” according to a source.
ALSO READ Desperate for ICJ seat, UK pushing for joint conference of UNSC and UN Gen AssemblySuch an assessment of the UN insiders is based on informed sources, as voting for the ICJ election in both the Security Council and the General Assembly are based on secret ballots and there is no way to know who voted for whom. In all the rounds of the election so far, Greenwood has consistently got nine votes and Bhandari five in the Security Council. It is likely that on Monday India might increase its tally.It is understood that both New Delhi and Permanent Mission of India to the UN have been working overtime to convince the members of the Security Council on the need to go by the voice of the majority of the General Assembly.
ALSO READ Ahead of ICJ election, UK resorting to ‘dirty politics’ at UN to beat India: SourcesBut by Sunday evening it appeared that Britain was ready to execute its plan, as per which after the first round of voting they would call for a meeting of the Security Council and would seek a mandate to stop any further round of voting, and would call for adoption of joint conference mechanism, which was last adopted in 1921. However, this might come as a silver lining for India, sources said. This is because the Security Council vote to stop further rounds of the ICJ election would be open and not through a secret ballot.As a result, countries, many of whom have been pledging friendship with India but secretly voting against its candidate would be exposed in the open of raising their hands against India. This is something that members of the Security Council would avoid. Of the Permanent Five members, the US under President Donald Trump has just come out a 100-year plan of friendship with India and renamed Asia-Pacific and the Indo-Pacific region. Incidentally, hours before the ICJ election, Trump would be meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at the White House.It is not sure, if Trump plans to weigh in on this issue in favour of India. Trump has repeatedly called himself as the “best friend of India and Indian Americans” in the White House.Russia is an all-weather tested friend of India. Over the past several decades, France has emerged as a reliable friend of India. The stand of China on a lot of issues is well known including India s membership to the Security Council and Beijing vetoing a move to designate Azhar Masood as a global terrorist by the UN. So, it would be quite a surprise, if China favoured an Indian candidate. “When chips are down, you always get support from developing countries,” commented one India watcher at the UN. The voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favours India is reflective of the new global order, which is not pleasant to the world powers.Despite best of the British effort, their vote tally in the General Assembly has decreased with every other round of voting.”That’s why they are trying to find a face saver to get out of this,” a source said. India has been seeking that the democratic process need to be played its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly and there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that has never been used before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority. The British move to stop voting after the first round might create bad blood between two important wings of the world body, which could have a long-term implication. The General Assembly might think that it has been denied its right to vote.Hours ahead of the scheduled vote the UN General Assembly president and Security Council president is likely to hold another round of consultation with the stakeholders to explore what are their options.

Ahead of ICJ election, UK resorting to ‘dirty politics’ at UN to beat India: Sources

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UK is trying to ‘misuse’ its UN Security Council membership by pushing for a joint conference mechanism, which was last used 96 years ago, in the election to the last seat in the World Court tomorrow in which India’s Dalveer Bhandari is a front-runner, diplomatic sources said.Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.One-third of the court’s 15-member bench are elected every three years for a nine-year term, elections for which are held separately but simultaneously in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New YorkBritain is aggressively pushing in the UN Security Council for resorting to the joint conference mechanism which was last used some 96 years ago and against which there exists an unequivocal legal opinion, the diplomatic sources said.The “dirty politics” being played by India’s former colonial ruler, as one UN insider put it, has sent a sense of “uneasiness” among other members of the powerful UN Security Council, many of whom are aware of the long-term implications of a move to ignore the voice of the majority of the United Nations General Assembly.In all previous incidents, the candidate getting majority in the General Assembly has eventually been elected a judge of The Hague-based International Court of Justice.Bhandari, 70, has support of nearly two-thirds of 193 UN members. Greenwood, who has already served one nine-year term in ICJ, is trailing behind more than 50 votes in the General Assembly. However, he received nine against five for Bhandari in the Security Council.To win ICJ election a candidate needs to get majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, which has not been the case in the 11 rounds of voting so far.Both the General Assembly and the Security Council have convened separate meetings at the UN headquarters tomorrow (3 p.m. local time) to hold the 12th round of voting.At a reception for Bhandari at the UN headquarters here on Friday, representatives of 160-member countries were present reflecting the overwhelming majority India enjoys in the General Assembly.Sensing that majority is not on its side, almost at the same time, the United Kingdom went to the Security Council for an informal consultation with other 14 members.Observing that there is a deadlock situation on the ICJ election, Britain is learnt to have proposed that voting in the Security Council be stopped after first round tomorrow and they go for joint conference mechanism. It is understood that this was opposed by some members of the Security Council.However, the British diplomats on Friday appeared confident to push its agenda through on Monday.Britain needs nine votes for the voting be stopped.Their calculation is based on the fact that in multiple rounds of the elections in UNSC, Britain has been getting nine votes for its candidate. But it is yet to be seen if the same countries support such an undemocratic move to stop voting.The British proposal is against all legal advices, which basically says that this option has never been used in the entire history of seven decades of the ICJ, the sources said.The only time it was used was prior to the establishment of the UN in 1921, when Deputy Judges for the Permanent Court of International Justice were selected, they said.A point in this regard was made by Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, at the ICJ reception at the UN headquarters.He had strongly opposed the joint conference mechanism.”Those who talk of bringing the UN and updating it to the 21st Century world cannot look back to the toolkit of 100 years ago and try to take out a tool which has never been used in the history of the UN and perhaps for valid reasons,” he had told the diplomats from more than 160 countries.”Because it opens a can of worms. We will forget about the electoral process and go after a can of worms? You are diplomats, you are sagacious people. Diplomacy is the solution. Voting is the way that diplomats resolve their differences, rather than through convoluted, cabalistic solutions of a bygone era,” Akbaruddin had said.Legal opinions also point out that there have been several instances of deadlocks between the General Assembly and the Security Council during ICJ elections.On these occasions, the balloting took place in many more rounds than what has been completed this time.On each such occasion, the candidate who was consistently leading in the General Assembly, was elected ultimately.In fact, there exists an unequivocal legal opinion provided in the 1984 UN Juridical Yearbook that argues against the resorting to the Joint Conference mechanism.Under this, three members each from the General Assembly and Security Council would be formed to come out with a name, which would again have to be voted through both the Security Council and the General Assembly.Britain, informed sources said, is now suggesting something which has never been tried and no one knows what its implications are.Its move raises a series of question, as to what happens if the three representatives of the General Assembly stick to the voice of the majority, or if it does not provide any names or every time says that it does not agree with the names being proposed by the Security Council, they said.”There is unease among several countries on the move to stop voting,” an informed source said.These countries feel that such a move would unnecessarily pitch Security Council against the General Assembly.”No one is certain how it will play out,” sources said.Once Security Council stops voting, the General Assembly has to comply. This is because under the ICJ election rules the candidate needs to get majority in General Assembly and Security Council.”This is their hope to stall the trend which is moving against them,” informed UN sources said.The British fear that as the voting goes into multiple rounds tomorrow, it might snowball into India getting more than two-thirds of the votes, which could be humiliating for them and would become “morally difficult” for the UN Security Council to stop voting.

New round of ICJ voting to be held on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UN General Assembly and the Security Council will meet on Monday for a new round of voting for the last seat at the International Court of Justice as the battle between India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood remained deadlocked.Bhandari and Greenwood, who are seeking re-election at the Hague-based ICJ, are locked in a major battle as 11 rounds of elections held in both the UNGA and UNSC have failed to yield results.Under the election procedures, the balloting would be held simultaneously by the Assembly and the Council.In the successive rounds of elections spread over two days in the last two weeks, Bhandari, 70, enjoyed nearly two- third majority in the 193-member Assembly.Greenwood, 62, received nine votes as against five by Bhandari in the Security Council. As per ICJ rules, the candidates need to gain majority in both the General assembly and Security Council to be declared elected.On Monday, the election would be presided over by the General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, his spokesperson Brendan Varma said at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York.The spokesperson was asked whether the election process would be turned over to the ICJ in The Hague if the General Assembly and Security Council could not agree on the last seat.He said that there were additional procedures that could be followed in New York if the Monday’s meeting remained inconclusive.For example, a joint conference could be formed, consisting of six members (three appointed by the General Assembly and three by the Security Council).”This joint conference could then agree upon a name by an absolute majority and submit it for the acceptance of the Assembly and the Council, said Varma.”Nevertheless, the time for that procedure had not come yet, he said and advised the journalist to wait and see what happened in the Monday’s meeting.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term, elections for which are held separately but simultaneously in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New York.Last week, four of the six candidates in the fray were elected as they got absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.They are Ronny Abraham of France, Antnio Augusto Canado Trindade of Brazil and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia and Nawaf Salam of Lebanon.

Pak awaits Indian response on offer to host meeting between Jadhav and his wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said it was awaiting India’s response on its offer to arrange a meeting between Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife on humanitarian grounds.Pakistan last week said it will allow 46-year-old Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India had requested Islamabad to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.During his weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan was awaiting India’s response on the offer.Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.Some media reports have linked Pakistan’s offer to the quiet efforts by the US.Pakistan, however, insisted that the offer was made purely on the humanitarian grounds.Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case. PTI ZH AKJ

Safeguarding India’s interests abroad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of External Affairs has good reason to be well-pleased with itself. Its long-lasting dreams of isolating Pakistan in the region, bringing terrorism on the global agenda and partnering with major world power the United States, have been successfully realised.PM’s personal engagementThe NDA claims that it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal active engagement on the foreign policy front that has led to the expanded, active engagement. During the past three years and four months, the PM spent 146 days abroad, visiting 49 countries. He visited eight countries twice, four countries thrice and went to the US five times.But while the government may be happy with results, critics say these visits have not given India the requisite economic gains promised, as they have neither translated into required increase in FDI or the ambitious ‘Make In India’ scheme.Looking at the world with new eyesOver the past three years, PM Modi’s global outlook, underscored by linking domestic change to foreign policy has broken many glass ceilings. Ahead of India approaching the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to seek relief for its citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, there were apprehensions within the government.The core team that deliberated the pros and cons of going to the ICJ included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other top officials. They were apprehensive as whenever India had earlier taken Pakistan to task on any international forum, it had shot itself in the foot. Be it complaining against Pakistan’s aggression in Kashmir in 1948 or agreeing to set up an international tribunal in 1965 to delineating boundaries in Kutch region of Gujarat, India had failed to meet its objectives.This time around, insiders confide that PM Modi cut short debate, asking senior officials of the MEA to show confidence and look at the world with new eyes. “India is not a power to be ignored,” he was quoted as saying. Diplomats here say that the decision to seek relief from the ICJ was typical of PM Modi’s “anti-status quo” style, and in line with his “disruptionist attitude.”
Finding acceptability within international communityIt was initially a challenge for Narendra Modi to find acceptability within the international community after becoming Prime Minister. Ignored and almost excommunicated by many in the world, and even denied a US visa when he was chief minister of Gujarat, not much was expected of him on the foreign policy front. But soon he surprised observers by inviting the South Asian heads of government to his swearing-in — the invitation to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was a masterstroke.For a leader who had barely uttered a word about foreign policy during his election campaign, this dramatic and welcome gesture presaged the first of many foreign policy surprises that Modi would unveil. He met former US President Barack Obama an unprecedented eight times, ensuring India-US relations — which were rocked after the Khobragade episode — were brought back to an even keel.Countering PakistanPM Modi’s emphasis on foreign policy works on three mantras — ‘Act East’, ‘Link West’ and ‘Neighborhood First’, which help determine his three pillars — trade, energy and security. In this regard, redoubling investment and protecting Indian interests in the larger Indian Ocean region, outreach to the US, intensification of the emerging partnership with Japan, balancing ties with both China and Russia, nurturing important partnerships in Western Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Persian Gulf, he has achieved substantial gains.But despite such gains, the government’s foreign policy has not been without challenges. As relations with Pakistan remain tense, his government has looked to boost ties with other neighbours — Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka — to effectively isolate Pakistan in the region. This has been done by granting concessions to neighbours for “good behaviour.”When the UN tribunal awarded Bangladesh 19,467 sq km of the 25,602 sq km sea area of the Bay of Bengal, the PM put his foot down when suggestions came that India should go in for an appeal. Also, he once and for all settled the land boundary issue with Dhaka, with the exchanging of conclaves — a long pending issue between India and Bangladesh.No gain on NSG, UNSC membershipOn the American front, though the PM has revived work on Indo-US nuclear deal, there are still no gains on other fronts. Due to continued Chinese opposition, India had made no progress on being a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) or on moving towards permanent membership of the UN Security Council. But the feather in the cap is that during this time, India gained entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).Fast-track & para diplomacyPM Modi has also introduced “fast-track diplomacy” and “para diplomacy” into the lexicon of Foreign Office. Explaining what “fast-track diplomacy” means, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that it had three faces — proactive, strong and sensitive. It also means showing one’s presence in multilateral forums, and taking follow-up measures to carry forward the leads gained by high-profile visits and exchanges.Para diplomacy is where each state and city is encouraged to forge special relations with countries or federal states of another country or even cities of their interest in order. Indian states before were never part of foreign policy. So far, there has been agreement between Mumbai and Shanghai, Ahmedabad and Guangzhou, and similar “sister states” agreement between Gujarat and the Guangdong province of China. Earlier, Varanasi signed a partnership agreement with Kyoto in Japan, and the recent bullet initiative between Japan and the state of Gujarat is another example of para diplomacy.Keeping pace with PMAccompanying the prime minister on any of his foreign trips is a sought-after affair both for officials and the media. When Manmohan Singh was PM, he would pack his engagements and finish a five-day tour in just three days.However, PM Modi has taken this punishing schedule to the next level. An official who had accompanied him during his tour to the United States that took him to New York and San Francisco states he will never forget those taxing six days, as he looked to keep pace with the programmes lined up for the PM. He said he had just two-three hours to take rest and even then he was busy planning the next programme.Courting the Indian diasporaA new element PM Modi has introduced in diplomacy is the courting of people of Indian origin. In the supplementary demands of grants voted by Parliament in the Winter Session, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought a whopping Rs 1,014 core for special diplomatic expenditure against Rs 120 crore as was set aside in the main Budget in last March. It is no secret that the amount has been hiked in geometric proportions to bear the costs of mega events and reception of the PM by those of Indian origin during his trips.By doing this, former diplomats believe the PM has changed the rules of the game, where earlier it was seen as undiplomatic to organise events for NRIs in foreign countries, lest they be seen as lobbying and pressuring the country in question. Instead, Modi’s efforts to court the estimated 25 million strong Indian diaspora worldwide have been meticulously planned affairs. In Toronto, he spoke to 8,000 people at the Ricoh Coloseum; in New York, he appeared in front of 18,000 at Madison Square Garden; in UK, he addressed 60,000 people at Wembley Stadium. All of this has helped build his image as a global leader.Criticism of Modi’s foreign policyBut the question remains. Are these punishing schedules, “rock star” NRI events really helping the nation? Congress leader and former minister Manish Tewari maintains that expect for the “spectacularisation” of diplomacy, there has been no substantive takeaway from any foreign visit at all. Tewari maintains that though Prime Minister Modi met former President Barack Obama five times and current President Donald Trump once, he has not walked away with a single big takeaway from any of those meetings.”After the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, there is not a single big idea as to how to move the relationship to the next level. In fact, there is no fresh idea in the relationship at all,” Tewari said. Also highly critical of the Modi’s effort of engaging the diaspora in particular, Congress leaders have said that “India has got nothing out of it.”Tewari also contends that the high-flying diplomacy has not helped India raise growth in the manufacturing sector that has immensely impacted jobs in the country. This ensures that despite initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’, foreign governments have not helped India achieve its target of creating 10 million jobs.

Proposal made to swap Kulbhushan Jadav for terrorist, claims Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has claimed that Islamabad has received a proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan.Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court for allegedly spying for India. Pakistan has also denied consular access to him on 16 different occasions, a point highlighted by the Indian team during the hearing before the ICJ bench.The Foreign Minister has not specified a name of the terrorist and the National Security Advisor who had made the proposal.”The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Asif told the audience after his speech at the Asia Society.Asif also discussed Pakistan’s vision and approach towards regional peace and development during his conversion with author and journalist Steve Coll.Over a fortnight ago, Pakistan had accused India of trying to highlight the ‘humanitarian’ aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice to cover up its alleged ‘subversive activities’ in the country.Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav has been providing “crucial intelligence” on recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the country.Jadhav’s execution, however, has been stayed by The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Jadhav case: Pak Attorney General to lead delegation in ICJ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf will represent the country against India at the International Court of Justice in the case involving Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed the ICJ registrar at Peace Palace in The Hague that Ausaf would be the “agent” for Pakistan in the case whereas Foreign Affairs Director General Dr Mohammad Faisal would continue to act as the “co-agent”. The term “agent” is described as a top functionary of the government who leads the delegation to represent a country and usually opens arguments or presents a framework followed by the legal team in the ICJ. This also means that all future exchanges or information between Pakistan and the ICJ will be made through the Attorney General’s office. Soon after a meeting between ICJ President Ronny Abraham and delegations of Pakistan and India on June 8 in the Netherlands, Ausaf had informed the world court about Pakistan’s intention to appoint an ad-hoc judge to the ICJ bench for all proceedings, including the substantive hearing in the Jadhav case. Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so. India had approached the world court in May seeking provisional stay to execution of Jadhav which was granted. The 15-member bench backed India’s contention that there had been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times. Pakistan, which announced the death sentence on Jadhav on April 10, claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jadhav’s confession video shows the torture inflicted upon him Defence experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As India maintains that the second confession video of ex-naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav released by Pakistan is doctored, the defence experts on Friday opined the same, adding that the video shows the extent to which the alleged Indian spy was tortured to say all that. Defence experts Sunil Deshpande and Shivali Deshpande both observed that from the marks seen on Jadhav?s face in the video showed that he has been tortured to forcefully say it. Shivali also argued that a confession video is shot with one camera, instead of a multi-camera set up as used for this confession video, which rather shows as if they were shooting a film. ?Pakistan is again up to its gimmicks. It has released a so-called confession video of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Even a small child who will see this video will be able to make out that it is a doctored video because one can clearly see the marks on Jadhav?s face which shows that he has been tortured to say this. Secondly, this is an entire ISI propaganda that they are running through Kulbhushan Jadhav?s mouth,? Shivali told ANI. Shivali declared that Pakistan should understand that if they kept playing these gimmicks then India will retaliate very strongly. Similary, Sunil Deshpande said that such an action by Pakistan shows its desperateness to carry out the process, even when the International Court of Justice has instructed not to take any action in the same till it comes up with final decision. ?It can be clearly made put that the video is doctored. When you see the video, you can make out how much Kulbhushan Jadhav must have been tortured which can be made out from his face. Even at the ICJ, they had refused to see the video because they knew it was doctored. But, this is the second video. Now, when the case is pending with the ICJ and the international court has clearly said that no action can be taken then how can Pakistan show this video to the entire world. This shows that they are in a hurry to carry out the process,? Sunil Deshpande told ANI. According to a statement released by Pakistan’s Inter?Services Public Relations (ISPR), Jadhav has admitted to charges of espionage, terrorism and subversive activities in the state. Meanwhile, the case is underway in ICJ after India in May appealed against the death sentence to Jadhav, saying Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family’s appeals. The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13. Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MEA-on-Kulbhushan-doctored-video @ 6/23/2017 9:20:14 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement in which it said that a mercy petition has been filed by alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa against his death sentence, India has said that it brings out the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against the Indian national on concocted charges. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “The developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Mr. Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).? ?Pakistan has never disclosed even to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Jadhav’s purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal and the petition filed by Jadhav’s mother,? it added. New Delhi also raised its doubts over the existence of the ?so-called? mercy petition filed by Jadhav. ?The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Jadhav have been in opacity,? it read. The government had, earlier this week, once again demanded consular access to Jadhav and reiterated his family?s request for visas. ?Manufactured facts cannot alter the reality, and do not detract from the fact that Pakistan is in violation of its international obligation to India and Jadhav. We expect Pakistan to abide by the order of ICJ staying Jadhav?s execution and desist from attempting to influence the ICJ proceedings through false propaganda,? the statement said. ?India is determined to pursue the matter in ICJ and is confident that justice will be done without being affected in any manner by these unwarranted and misleading steps taken by Pakistan,? it added. According to a statement released by Pakistan’s ISPR, the alleged Indian spy has admitted to charges of espionage, terrorism and subversive activities in the state. Meanwhile, the case is underway in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after India in May appealed against the death sentence to Jadhav, saying Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family’s appeals. The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13. Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No Modi-Sharif meeting in Astana; ICJ has no role in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two will be in Kazakhstan this week, and asserted that Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Taking a tough stance on ties with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said “talks and terror cannot go together” while articulating strategy of India which was based on three pillars in dealing with that country. She also emphasised that India was engaged with other countries on the issue of cross-border terrorism. “No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side,” Swaraj told a press conference on completion of three years of the government. She was asked if Modi and Sharif will meet on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Astana, Kazakhstan on June 8-9. Asked about reported remarks of a Pakistani law officer that Islamabad will take the Kashmir issue to ICJ after India approached the global court in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the minister said, “Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to ICJ. The Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration are very clear on Kashmir issue that it can only be resolved bilaterally. The two countries are bound by these bilateral agreements.” She also referred to some cases pending at other courts such as Hyderabad Nizam funds case in the UK court and issues pertaining to Indus Waters Treaty before the World Bank. Rejecting suggestions that the government had a “flip- flop” policy in handling Pakistan, she said India is very clear that “it wants to hold dialogue, resolve all issues bilaterally without mediation from any third country, organisation or anyone else. But at the same time terror and talks cannot go together.” The minister also emphasised that the government was asking other countries not to see cross-border issue or terrorism emanating from Pakistan from the prism of India but see if the international terrorism was in anyway linked with that country. “Finally, where was Osama bin Laden found? In Pakistan,” she said, adding it was time to finalise the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the UN and define terrorism. On Pakistan’s contention that it will raise jurisdiction on the merit of the Jadhav case, she said India has a very strong argument and it will win the case. She also made it clear that India’s case was based on Pakistan’s violation of Vienna Convention under which consular access was not only “essential but compulsory”. India has made 16 requests to Pakistan to grant access to Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy and approached ICJ to save his life.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jadhav case: Pak AG to lead team to ICJ meet on June 8

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will lead a team to the International Court of Justice at The Hague on June 8 for a meeting of “agents” from India and Pakistan with the court’s president to discuss the future proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The decision to send the attorney general was taken at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security yesterday to discuss Pakistan’s strategy in the case, Dawn reported. National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq chaired the meeting. During the meeting of “agents”, the dates for subsequent hearings and submission of documents related to the case India has brought against Pakistan over the death sentence given to Indian national Jadhav following a “secret” trial will be discussed, the report said. Pakistan is also likely to indicate its intention to nominate an ad-hoc judge for the case. The ICJ statutes provide for a state party to a case, which does not have a judge of its nationality on the bench, to choose a person to sit as an ad-hoc judge in that case. The parliamentary committee took up the issue after India was granted provisional measures by the ICJ on May 18 restraining Pakistan from executing Jadhav, 46, who had been convicted of espionage and sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court. India approached the ICJ citing that it had been repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav in violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention. The attorney-general also briefed the participants of the meeting about the Pakistan government’s strategy for the case. The committee members were reportedly not satisfied by the explanations given by the government’s legal team about the case at the last meeting. The National Assembly speaker told the media that he was satisfied with the briefing by the attorney general yesterday. Senator Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, however, disputed Speaker Sadiq, saying that everything that was shared with the parliamentary committee members were ‘open source’ information and the replies were unsatisfactory. “They have committed a lot of mistakes,” Rehman said. Yesterday’s meeting was the second time the committee had met on Jadhav case. It will meet again on June 15.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan to appoint ad-hoc judge at ICJ against Kulbhushan Jadhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan has decided to appoint an ad-hoc judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the next hearing on a plea filed by India against the sentencing of alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. An Express Tribune report said that Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali will be leading Pakistan’s legal team at the next hearing of the case on June 8 at the UN court, which stayed Jadhav’s execution on May 18. The ICJ had on May 18 stayed the execution of 46-year-old Jadhav, who was sentenced to death last month by a Pakistan military court that convicted him of alleged spying and subversive activities. The Attorney General for Pakistan informed that the parliamentary committee on national security that Pakistan would appoint its ad-hoc judge for the upcoming hearing and he would himself lead Pakistan’s team at the ICJ. Earlier in the parliamentary panel’s meeting on May 23, the committee had expressed outright dissatisfaction over Pakistan’s legal strategy to deal with Jadhav’s case at the ICJ. It said the government’s “lack of preparation” had resulted in allowing India to get a provisional stay order against the military court’s verdict. Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its ?political theatrics?. India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Amjad Shoaib, an ex-ISI official and a retired Lieutenant General of the Pakistan Army, has acknowledged India’s claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured from Iran. Pakistan claimed that Jadhav was taken into custody in Balochistan in March 2016 while India has repeatedly maintained that Jadhav was on business trip to Iran and Pakistan had captured him from there and planted a false case against him. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer ,was given the death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-ISI official admits Kulbhushan Jadhav captured from Iran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amjad Shoaib, an ex-ISI official and a retired Lieutenant General of the Pakistan Army, has acknowledged India’s claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured from Iran. This revelation by an ex-ISI official is damaging for Pakistan and shows the real face of that country?s armed forces establishment, the civilian government and the ISI who have connived to tarnish the image of India globally. This negates Pakistan’s claims that Jadhav was caught in Pakistan on charges of spying. India has repeatedly maintained that Jadhav was on business trip to Iran and Pakistan had captured him from there and planted a false case against him. This admission by the ex-ISI official can now possibly be used by India as a strong argument at the next hearing of the International Court of Justice. Jadhav,a former Indian Navy officer ,was given the death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities”. The ICJ had on May 18 stayed the execution of 46-year-old Jadhav, who was sentenced to death last month by a Pakistan military court that convicted him of alleged spying and subversive activities. Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its political theatrics. India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Simla Agreement binds Pak to solve Kashmir issue bilaterally Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Reminding Pakistan of the Simla Agreement over Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz?s ?taking Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)? assertion, the Congress Party on Monday said Islamabad cannot succeed in any such endeavour as the accord binds the two countries to solve it bilaterally. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said the issue of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and Kashmir are two very different things and one cannot draw parallel between the two. ?The Simla Agreement did bind both countries down to only bilaterally finding a solution. It further added that they can use other methods if they mutually agree to do so, but, not if they not mutually agree to do so. We went to the ICJ not on the Kashmir issue, but in connection with consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. So, I don?t see how he (Sartaj Aziz) can attempt to draw parallel between going to the court on one issue and trying to internationalise another issue,? Aiyar told ANI. Defence expert P.K. Sehgal also opined the same, saying that even if Pakistan takes up the Kashmir issue to the ICJ, India will be able to prove that it?s a bilateral issue. ?I am very certain, before we went to the ICJ, every aspect was looked into. We were fully aware of the fact that Pakistan would like to nefarious issues to the ICJ. India was conscious that Pakistan would try to exploit this. However, Pakistan is forgetting that Simla Agreement has been universally accepted, by the United Nations, European Union, America and China. Even China has said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and has to be resolved bilaterally,? Sehgal told ANI. Aziz earlier on Saturday said that India has made a mistake by going to the ICJ as it has now paved the way for Pakistan to raise the matter of alleged humanitarian violations in Kashmir. While answering to the question as to why Pakistan entered the ICJ on the Kulbhushan Jadhav matter, he said Pakistan is a member state of the United Nations and the decision was taken after consultation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Take Capt Saurabh Kalia’s case to ICJ: Ex-servicemen league

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Himachal Pradesh chapter of ex-servicemen league has urged the Centre to moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Army Captain Saurabh Kalia. During the 1999 Kargil conflict, Kalia was tortured by his Pakistani captors who later handed over his mutilated body to India. The league’s chief, Major (retired) Vijai Singh Mankotia said Kalia’s case also be taken to the ICJ, the UN’s highest judicial body, to get justice on the lines of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ at the Hague has stayed the execution awarded to Jadhav in Pakistan after a military court summarily convicted him of espionage and engaging in subversive activities after India knocked its doors. Mankotia said the Indian ex-servicemen league and the family of Captain Kalia had made this demand to the previous governments but could not hear anything positive about it. “Now, after the case of Jadhav in the ICJ, a ray of hope has risen in Kalia’s case too,” he said here yesterday. Mankotia told reporters that the HP chapter of the ex- servicemen league would honour the family of Captain Kalia along with four Paramvir Chakra winners from the state during its annual convention on May 23 here. The chief guest of the function, Acharya Dev Vrat, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, will honour the families of Major Som Nath Sharma (1st PVC winner of India), resident of Dadh near hear, Lt Col Dhan Singh Thapa of Dharamsala, Captain Vikram Batra of Palampur and Sub Sanjay Kumar of Bilaspur (all PVC winners), in the function, said Mankotia. Beside this, the families of Ashok Chakra winner from the state Major Sudhir Walia and that of Captain Kalia shall also be honoured, he said. In November 2012, the then Army chief, General Bikram Singh, had said the the force fully supported the parents of Kargil hero Capt Saurabh Kalia in pursuing their son s case at International Court of Justice at the Hague. “He was our brave officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in the best traditions of the Indian Army. We have written to Ministry of Defence (MOD) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) conveying our concerns in the matter. We fully support his parents,” he had told reporters on the sidelines of the Passing out Parade of the 123rd course of the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, near Pune. The league represents of ex-servicemen, their family and dependants and is recognised by Centre and state governments. With presence in every state of India, the league was founded in 1964 by Field Marshal KM Cariappa, who was first commander-in-chief of the Indian Army after Independence. Mankotia said the league would raise a few demands with the Centre through the Governor which include raising the quota of recruitment of the state’s youth in the Army.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress defends move to replace Harish Salve with Khawar Qureshi in 2004

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its accusations at the Congress replacing former solicitor general of India Harish Salve with Pakistani counsel Khawar Qureshi in the 2004 Dabhol Power Corporation matter, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala hit back at the BJP and defended Khawar Qureshi.He told ANI: “Khawar Qureshi, who is being portrayed as a terrorist, has been a part of the Queen’s Counsel (QC) since 1990. He is an additional high court judge in the United Kingdom, and also a professor at the Cambridge University. He was appointed by the Indian government when two investors from Enron filed a case against India at the International Court of Arbitration in 2004.”Defending Qureshi, Surjewala retaliated against the BJP while questioning their decision to hire an advocate in the Italian marine fiasco, who is now representing Pakistan in the Kishenganga Project case in Kashmir.
ALSO READ WION Exclusive: Pak’s ICJ lawyer Khawar Qureshi was hired by Congress-led UPA in 2004Developing his scathing attack, Surjewala further questioned the involvement of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in defending Union Carbide India Ltd., the place where the infamous Bhopal Gas Tragedy took place in 1984.”Over 3,500 people were killed in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in Union Carbide, whose advocate is Arun Jaitley. I would like to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP to justify this first, before questioning Qureshi and the UPA,” said Surjewala.
ALSO READ Congress only respects ‘Made in Pakistan’: BJP slams UPA for hiring lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004Putting a stamp of confirmation over the UPA government’s move to replace former solicitor general of India Harish Salve with Pakistan counsel Khawar Qureshi to represent India’s stance in the Dabhol Power Corporation case back in 2004, senior lawyer Aman Sinha said that Salve indeed told him he was counselling for the matter initially, but was later replaced.“Harish Salve told me that he was appearing initially. When the Congress Government came, he was replaced by Khawar Qureshi, the same counsel who he defeated at the International Court of Justice?s (ICJ) recent hearing moving to stall the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Sinha told ANI.
ALSO READ Congress replaced Harish Salve with Pak-origin lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004Earlier, the BJP accused the Congress of being Pakistan’s voice on a host of issues.BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao said the party must explain why its government hired Khawar Qureshi in the “very sensitive” Enron case.The Congress-led UPA government had changed the legal team representing India in the arbitration case against the US firm over the controversial Dabhol power project, he said.This was a question linked to “patriotism”, Rao told reporters.”What was the compulsion that the UPA government hired Qureshi?… Over the last few years we have seen several incidents of the Congress speaking in support of Pakistan. It was speaking in Pakistan’s voice on the surgical strikes as well,” Rao told reporters.Citing the example of Harish Salve, who was the lead counsel for India at the ICJ this week, he said it was surprising that the UPA government could not find an Indian lawyer to represent the country in such a sensitive case.Rao named Congress leaders Salman Khurshid and Mani Shankar Aiyar as instances of Congress leaders allegedly speaking in support of Pakistan.The ICJ this week stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested by Pakistan on charges of espionage and subversive activities. While Pakistan claims he was nabbed from Balochistan, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.With inputs from PTI and ANI

Congress replaced ICJ hero Harish Salve with Pak-origin lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking revelation, WION News revealed on Friday that the Congress-led UPA government had hired Pak-origin UK lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004. He was reportedly recommended by law firm Fox Mandal for the Dabhol case.Qureshi recently argued against India at the ICJ where he called India’s claims about Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘far-fetched’. The Congress-led UPA government had hired Khawar to represent India in the Dabhol power project case. In that particular case, Enron had made a US $ 6 billion (5 billion pounds) claim against the government of India, the case went to arbitration. In 2004, when Congress-led UPA came to power, they changed the entire legal team and appointed Khawar Qureshi to appear on behalf of the Indian government.Putting a stamp of confirmation over the UPA Government’s move to replace former solicitor general of India Harish Salve with Pakistan counsel Khawar Qureshi to represent India’s stance in the Dabhol Power Corporation case back in 2004, senior lawyer Aman Sinha said that Salve indeed told him he was counselling for the matter initially, but was later replaced.
ALSO READ Felt a positive energy while arguing case: Harish Salve hails ICJ order after playing match-winning innings “Harish Salve told me that he was appearing initially. When the Congress Government came, he was replaced by Khawar Qureshi, the same counsel who he defeated at the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) recent hearing moving to stall the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Sinha told ANI.Questioning the need to facilitate Salve’s replacement, Sinha said it was surprising to note that the former was replaced by a counsel who not only charged a lump sum amount as his fee, but was also known for his ‘track record for losing’.
ALSO READ WION Exclusive: Pak’s ICJ lawyer Khawar Qureshi was hired by Congress-led UPA in 2004″India was winning the case with Harish Salve. When the Congress took over, he was replaced by Khawar Qureshi. In the En Ron matter of the Dabhol Power Corporation matter, India lost the crucial case. There was no need for replacement,” he said.Sinha added that it was ‘ironical’ for the Centre to appoint someone who was not of Indian origin. Meanwhile, advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz reiterated Pakistan’s stand that Kulbhushan Jadhav cannot be acquitted by the ICJ, adding that his punishment would be in accordance with domestic laws.Commenting on this, Sinha, while drawing upon Article 59 of the ICJ, asserted that it was binding on Pakistan to comply with all the appropriate norms and take all necessary measures.”Pakistan cannot deny compliance, since doing so would result in a strict action. The whole United Nations Security Council is there to back the ICJ. As far as India’s stand is concerned, the case will be handled appropriately,” said Sinha.With inputs from agencies

Sr. lawyer confirms Salve’s replacement in 2004 Dabhol Power matter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Putting a stamp of confirmation over the UPA Government?s move to replace former solicitor general of India Harish Salve with Pakistan counsel Khawar Qureshi to represent India?s stance in the Dabhol Power Corporation case back in 2004, senior lawyer Aman Sinha said that Salve indeed told him he was counselling for the matter initially, but was later replaced. ?Harish Salve told me that he was appearing initially. When the Congress Government came, he was replaced by Khawar Qureshi, the same counsel who he defeated at the International Court of Justice?s (ICJ) recent hearing moving to stall the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav,? Sinha told ANI. Questioning the need to facilitate Salve?s replacement, Sinha said it was surprising to note that the former was replaced by a counsel who not only charged a lump sum amount as his fee, but was also known for his ?track record for losing?. ?India was winning the case with Harish Salve. When the Congress took over, he was replaced by Khawar Qureshi. In the En Ron matter of the Dabhol Power Corporation matter, India lost the crucial case. There was no need for replacement,? he said. Sinha added that it was ?ironical? for the Centre to appoint someone who was not of Indian origin. Meanwhile, advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz reiterated Pakistan’s stand that Kulbhushan Jadhav cannot be acquitted by the ICJ, adding that his punishment would be in accordance with domestic laws. Commenting on this, Sinha, while drawing upon Article 59 of the ICJ, asserted that it was binding on Pakistan to comply with all the appropriate norms and take all necessary measures. ?Pakistan cannot deny compliance, since doing so would result in a strict action. The whole United Nations Security Council is there to back the ICJ. As far as India?s stand is concerned, the case will be handled appropriately,? said Sinha. Earlier, it was reported that the Congress-led UPA government had hired Pakistan’s Khawar Qureshi to represent India in the Dabhol Power Project case back in 2004 at the International Court of Arbitration. It’s said that when the UPA came to power, they changed the entire legal team that would appear on behalf of the Indian Government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan’s moves at ICJ irrelevant- Congress @ 5/20/2017 4:14:49 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress party on Saturday dubbed Pakistan?s move to appoint an ad hoc judge to the bench of International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. A senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad told ANI, ?Pakistan should have provided counselor access to Jadhav much before, and now even though Pakistan may plan to appoint an ad hoc judge to the bench, that will not change the ICJ?S verdict since Jadhav is innocent.? ?Dragging India to the ICJ on Kashmir issue is irrelevant as well, because as per the Simla Agreement signed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan in 1972, no third party will be allowed to resolve the Kashmir issue.? Ahmad added. Another congress leader P.C. Chacko said, ?There is a clear violation of international rules in the arrest and punishment of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ has given a stay, and now, they (Pakistan) must choose to adhere to the international rules.? ?The Kashmir issue can only be sorted out with the help of bilateral negotiations and Pakistan has no right to drag India to the ICJ on the Kashmir issue.? Chacko added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Don’t get over excited about ICJ order, Sena tells govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena on Saturday asked the government not to get over excited over the ruling given by the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case until the Indian national is brought back home safely.It, however, hailed the efforts taken by the External Affairs Ministry to secure the release of the former Navy officer, who has been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on espionage charges.”Pakistan’s arguments have been decimated in the court at The Hague. But the fight has not ended yet. We cannot forget the handiwork of Pakistan and also Sarabjit Singh’s murder in a Lahore jail. Thus, the government should not get over excited over the ICJ order and remember that worries won’t end till Kulbhushan Jadhav is brought back safely,” the Sena said in an editorial in-party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.It said the diplomatic moves made by the External Affairs Ministry from the very beginning proved to be important in Jadhav’s case.”External Affairs Minister (Sushma Swaraj) had been from the beginning assuring that India will do everything possible to save Jadhav’s life and her assurances have proved true at the first stage. She needs to be congratulated for this,” it said.The Sena also praised India’s lawyer at the International Court of Justice, Harish Salve, saying the credit of the interim order going in India s favour went to the effective way he presented our case, laying out facts and the manner in which Pakistan had violated clauses of the Vienna Convention.Since Jadhav’s arrest last year in March, India had sought consular access to him over a dozen times. It wasn’t granted even once by Pakistan.On May 18, in a major boost to India, which moved the UN’s highest judicial body against the death sentence, the ICJ instructed Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it.

Defence experts confident of ICJ verdict in favour of India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As Pakistan filed a plea with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rehear stay on former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, defence experts on Saturday said that the Pakistan?s case is too weak and expressed confidence that no matter what Islamabad does the court?s verdict will be in favour of India. ?The case itself is weak, whether Pakistan file a plea or not the case will remain as it is and the ICJ will stand firm in providing legal access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and also that the death sentence should be stayed,? defence expert Colonel Sunil Deshpande told ANI. He said that Pakistan case was weak, due to which it has faced lots of criticism in its own country and added that no matter what Pakistan does, the fact remains that its image has gone down completely across the world. Echoing similar sentiments another Defence Expert Ranjit Rai asserted that the Pakistan is in a state of shock with the decision of ICJ and added that Islamabad may file a plea but the case is wide open and court?s decision will be awaited. ?Pakistan is shelf shocked with the decision of the international court of justice. They cannot hang Jadhav nor can they do anything without the full trial going through in the Pakistan row,? Rai told ANI. Earlier on Friday, a day after the ICJ stayed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, Islamabad filed a plea in Hague to rehear the case within six weeks. “Pakistan was set to re-challenge the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice after it granted injunction on Thursday on an Indian plea to stay Jadhav’s execution,” said Dunya News. Earlier in a major reprieve to India, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations cited that both – India and Pakistan – were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ said that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. A military court awarded death sentence to Jadhav on April 10 on spying and terrorism charges. According to law, he can make a clemency appeal to the Chief of the Pakistan Army within 60 days of the verdict of the appellate court. This means Jadhav can challenge till the end of Saturday his death sentence in an appellate court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WION Exclusive: Pak’s ICJ lawyer Khawar Qureshi was hired by Congress-led UPA in 2005

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking revelation, WION News has found that UPA government had hired Pak-origin UK lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2005. He was reportedly recommended by law firm Fox Mandal for the Dabhol case.Qureshi recently argued against India at the ICJ where he called India’s claims about Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘far-fetched’. The UPA government had hired Qureshi in Dabhol case overlooking Indian lawyers. Defending the decision, Congress national spokesperson Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Qureshi is an independent barrister and Indian lawyers are also engaged by Pakistan. Singhvi said that the entire matter is a non-issue. Check out the full update on WION News.
ALSO READ Felt a positive energy while arguing case: Harish Salve hails ICJ order after playing match-winning innings The Jadhav ruling triggered criticism of the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) for its “poor handling” and also for its choice of UK-based Khawar Qureshi, who represented Pakistan’s case before the ICJ. Following the criticism, Pakistan will constitute a new team of lawyers to “vigorously” present its case against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, the Prime Minister’s advisor on foreign affairs said today as the government faced flak over the handling of the case.The announcement by Sartaj Aziz came amid criticism by experts and opposition leaders over the government’s handling of the case at the International Court of Justice.The Hague-based court had yesterday stayed the execution of Jadhav, 46, considered to be a spy by Pakistan.The UN’s highest judicial body also asked Pakistan to take “all measures” to ensure that Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.Aziz, however, maintained that Qureshi had “courageously” presented Pakistan’s case in the court, the Nation reported. He said the ICJ had given its point of view on Jadhav’s case to get counselor access.”Pakistan s security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right,” Aziz was quoted as saying by the daily.With inputs from agencies

Pak media cries foul after ICJ verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing embarrassment at home, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria questioned the ICJ’s jurisdiction over the county’s national security matters as the Pakistani press expressed shock and disappointment over the court’s decision to stay the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by lashing out at the legal team for presenting “weak” and “damaging” arguments.Zakaria blamed India for weaving a humanitarian angle in Jadhav’s case to divert the world’s attention from his real actions — fomenting terrorism inside Pakistan.A Pakistani daily played up Zakaria’s comment and carried a headline that read: “ICJ verdict was leaked to India ahead of time: Pakistan Foreign Office”.Quoting former Chief Justice of the Sind High Court, Shaiq Usmani, a Pakistani newspaper said the decision to stay Jadhav’s execution was alarming as it did not fall under ICJ’s jurisdiction.”It’s Pakistse on jurisdiction and it proved “weak”. “More arguments should have been made regarding espionage,” she said.Politician Sherry Rehman, a Pakistan Peoples’ Party member, also termed the case as “weak”. “We based our case on jurisdiction and it proved weak. More arguments should have been made regarding espionage,” she said.Lawyer Feisal Naqvi said the issue was a question of consular access. “The question is not whether he should be hung. The question is whether he can get consular access,” Naqvi said. Shireen Mazari, leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf , said she had predicted in her earlier tweets that the ICJ decision was a foregone conclusion.London-based Barrister Rashid Aslam blamed Pakistan’s lack of preparation and wasting 40 of the 90 minutes it was given to make its arguments.”I was surprised why we finished our arguments in such little time. I think Khawar Qureshi didn’t consume all the time that was afforded to him,”Aslam said.”Pakistan had the right to set up a judge there, but we didn’t do that. I think Pakistan was grossly unprepared. It might be that we didn’t have enough time…” he added.

India scores diplomatic coup as ICJ stays Jadhav execution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India scored a major diplomatic victory over Pakistan today as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) here stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The UN’s highest judicial body also asked Pakistan to take “all measures” to ensure that Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue. India welcomed the court’s unanimous decision on Jadhav, 46, while Islamabad said it had informed the ICJ that it did not accept the court’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction with the verdict and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the order as a “great relief”. The two leaders thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed a battery of lawyers presenting India’s case at The Hague. ICJ President Ronny Abraham, a 63-year-old French academic and practitioner in public international law, asked Pakistan to keep the court informed “of all measures taken” in the implementation of the order. The 15-member bench backed India’s contention that there had been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times. The court, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav’s sentence on May 9, also noted that India and Pakistan were signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977. Jadhav would get a reprieve of at least 150 days since the sentence was announced, as Pakistan had indicated that the execution would “probably not take place” before August 2017. “This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the court has given its final decision in the case,” the court said, and asked Pakistan to ensure that court’s order be followed. It said, “the mere fact that Mr. Jadhav is under a death sentence and might therefore be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India.” The verdict came three days after the two countries gave their submissions during which India demanded the annulment of the sentence and described Pakistan’s trial to convict Jadhav as “farcical”. Pakistan, in turn, argued that Jadhav was a spy and India’s plea was “misconceived”. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India today, saying it was “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case to the ICJ. “We do not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in matters related to the national security of the country,” he was quoted as saying by a television channel. India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8. The next day, the global court stayed the sentence as a provisional measure. Pakistan, which announced the sentence on Jadhav on April 10, claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Jadhav’s case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Majority of people want peace in state, says Mahbooba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said law of land should deal with people accepting money to disrupt peace in the valley. “You need to differentiate between people who really want to restore peace and normalcy in the state and those people who have made it a business to keep the valley on fire. So we have to distinguish between the two,” she told reporters here. She said majority of the people in the state want to restore peace and want development and progress. “But there is a section of people who have themselves accepted that they get money and use money to disrupt peace and tranquillity of the state. So there is a law of the land which will deal with it accordingly,” she said. Asked about rethink on the way her government engages with stakeholders, she said, “You can’t see everybody through same glasses. There are people who want peace with dignity and honour, there are people who want to disrupt peace. We have to differentiate between the two.” On stone pelting, she said both states and centre are dealing with the situation. “Situation is improving day by day.” On the ICJ judgement on Jadhav, she said it is a great relief for the country. “One life saved is a great thing.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress, CPI laud ICJ’s stay on Jadhav death sentence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress and Communist Party of India (CPI) have lauded the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling to stay the death sentence imposed by Pakistan on former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ earlier in the day granted a stay on execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan pending the final decision of the Court. It also told Pakistan to give consular access to India to meet Jadhav. This is a big diplomatic win for India. Senior Congress leader and former union minister Manish Tewari welcomed the ICJ decision and urged the government to use it as a trigger to bring back Jadhav safely. ?The government of India must use the ICJ decision as a trigger to bring Kulbhushan Jadhav back. The ICJ has given a favourable decision which is absolutely humanitarian and content. Now, the government of India must use this decision to see that Jadhav comes back home safely,? Tewari told ANI. Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad too welcomed the ICJ ruling. ?Case against Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan was a sham and was in gross violation of international law as his execution was ordered by a kangaroo court without consular access. It is appreciated that the World Court saw reason in Indian appeal and could see through the false Pakistan propaganda by rightly turning down their request to play the purported confessional video during hearing earlier,? Azad said in a statement. Azad also congratulated the Indian team which represented the country in the International Court of Justice and stressed that the Government should not leave any stone unturned to ensure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav and his return to our country. CPI leader D Raja said the ICJ ruling has vindicated India?s stand on Jadhav. He told ANI that the communist Party of India welcomes the ICJ verdict. It vindicates India?s stand on this issue and finally truth prevails upon. ?Finally the truth will triumph and Jadhav will be brought back to the country. As a political party, we wanted Jadhav not be executed,? said Raja.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ order blow to Pak’s bogus stand, vindicates India: AG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi today said the International Court of Justice order staying the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav was a blow to the bogus stand put forth by Pakistan and vindicated the position taken by India. He said the interim order was a “big step” since India’s stand was based on truth, justice and respect for human rights. The top law officer was all praise for attorney Harish Salve saying he made India proud by scoring the first round of victory in the case of Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activity. He also congratulated the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the steps taken it in the matter. Rohatgi said the ICJ decision will make Pakistan behave like a responsible nation and hoped that India will be provided consular access to Jadhav. “The stand of the Indian government is vindicated and it is a big step towards the final decision. India’s stand was based on truth and justice and respect for human rights. It is a pat on the back for India,” he told reporters here. He said the so-called trial in camera and the bogus stand put forth by Pakistan have been completely exposed by this decision which was a “victory” for India. The attorney general said it was a unanimous decision of eleven ICJ judges who held that the issues of jurisdiction and merit will be decided later. “As far as the judgement is concerned, it is binding on both the states because the final decision will decide the ultimate question of jurisdiction,” he said. “I hope Pakistan sees sense, comes back on track, behaves like responsible nation and gives consular access. Not just that but also the family should be given access to meet Jadhav,” he said. Rohatgi said, “Let us now hope that the next step which will be the final step sometime in August, also comes India’s way and that’s the time we can see that Jadhav comes back home,” he said. He described senior advocate Salve as a good lawyer who put forth arguments which made India proud.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ verdict on Jadhav a big relief: BJP chief Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah today said India has heaved a sigh of relief following the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. Welcoming the verdict, Shah said it would also come as a big relief for the former Navy officer’s family as he hailed the Modi government’s quick and effective measures on the matter. In a statement, he also praised senior lawyer Harish Salve who was India’s attorney at the Hague and argued the case before the global court. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan for alleged espionage and subversive activities, following which India approached the ICJ.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India ensured its position at international level BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, temporarily staying the death sentence of former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the decision is historic in a way that India took the command to save its citizen, adding it has ensured its position at the international stage. ?It?s an important decision. It is historic in the sense that the Government of India took everything in its command to approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi there has been a clear indication and effort that Indian citizens are valued and the government will do everything at its command to reach out to them and protect them,? BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI. He further said that the role of Harish Salve as an eminent and senior advocate has to be appreciated for putting forcefully India?s point of view at the ICJ. ?What has emerged today is a clear rejection of Pakistan?s preliminary objections with regard to the jurisdictions of the ICJ to adjudicate on this matter. A dispute existed, as the court has said with regard to the circumstances of the arrest, with the lack of consular access, and all of it clearly falls into the zone of what Pakistan needs to comply with the regard to the Vienna Convention,? he asserted. Kohli added that there is nothing in the Vienna Convention that excludes providing consular access or says that Jadhav?s rights are to be restricted under the Convention. ?The argument of Pakistan has also been rejected with regard to a bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan preventing India from approaching the ICJ. The court has unanimously asked Pakistan to ensure that Jadhav is not executed,? he said. Kohli further said that it is an important day for Jadhav and his family, adding that this is one more step further in ensuring that justice is done for the formal Naval officer. Echoing similar sentiments, another BJP leader G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said the verdict of the ICJ vindicated India?s position in every manner and has completely rebuffed and rejected Pakistan?s attempt to claim that the court has no jurisdiction over the matter. ?Pakistan has run a sham trial and convicted Jadhav without giving any consular access to India despite 16 requests made. Today by taking the matter to the International court, and ensuring that we claim our rights on the international stage, Prime Minister Modi has sent a signal to the entire world that every citizen?s life matters to us and India shall not bow down countries like Pakistan which has denied the basic rights to our citizens,? Rao asserted. He further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves entire country?s congratulations for taking a bold step and winning this case at the international level. ?The trial will continue but Jadhav has received huge reprieve. Pakistan cannot take away with these sham court proceedings anymore,? he added. Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said it?s a complete victory at this stage, although it is called as a prima facie stage but the stay order has been issued and Pakistan has been clearly told that it should not execute Jadhav till the court has decided the matter and also the consular access has to be provided. ?This is a big defeat for Pakistan. Now the court can take any amount of time to give a final judgment. We may also take other steps afterward,? Swamy told ANI. In a major reprieve to India, the ICJ, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, stayed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, citing that both – India and Pakistan – were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ’s decision. India can then go to the Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement. The UN charter entails that ‘each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice’ and ‘if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council.’ A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities.” However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ stays Jadhav’s hanging: India hails verdict, Pak questions court’s ‘jurisdiction’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major boost to India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. “Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings,” ICJ President Ronny Abraham said while reading out the verdict.The UN’s highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav’s sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it “of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order”.”The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order,” a press release from the global court said.
ALSO READ Vande Mataram: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s friends welcome ICJ ruling with fire crackers Asserting its jurisdiction over the case, the court backed India’s contention that there has been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times.India and Pakistan, it noted, have been signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ‘Rs 1 lawyer’ Harish Salve hails ICJ order after playing match-winning inningsAs soon as the order came in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the verdict as a “great relief”.They both thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed the battery of lawyers presenting India’s case.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: ‘Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes’, Sarabjit’s sister on ICJ verdictOfficial MEA reactionSpeaking about verdict, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Gopal Baglay stated that the ICJ has delivered a unanimous, clear and unambiguous order asking Pakistan not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav. Calling it a ‘matter of great relief’ that Pakistan couldn’t execute Jadhav, the EAM assured parliament that the government will do everything to ensure justice. The MEA spokesman added that provisional relief was an essential first step and the order will help remedy violation of Jadhav’s rights. The Mea added that it hoped that the concerned authorities of Pakistan had heard and that the order was a legally-binding international international obligation. The MEA said that the order is binding internationally and that New Delhi hoped that all members of the international community would follow the law. Speaking about getting consular access to Jadhav, he said that matter was subjudice. The next hearing date will be decided by the ICJ, and said that if Pakistan wanted to give consular access, it could give it any time.Pakistan cries foulPakistan does not accept the International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security, its Foreign Office said today after the UN court stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying the country has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death in March by a Pakistani military court and India approached the highest UN judicial body with the plea to stay his execution. The Hague-based ICJ heard the two sides on Monday where Pakistan had challenged the jurisdiction of the court but in its decision the court prime facie exercised the jurisdiction and accepted Indian pleas. The court today instructed Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it. Pakistan was in shock as it was confident that the ICJ will throw out the case on the grounds of jurisdiction. Talking to the state-run Pakistan Television after the ruling was delivered, Zakaria said India has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. “The real face of India will be exposed before the world,” he said, adding that Jadhav has confessed his crimes of sabotage, terrorism and subversion activities not only once but twice.He said Pakistan has already informed the ICJ that it does not accept its jurisdiction in matters related to the national security. “We do not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in matters related to the national security of the country,” he was quoted as saying by the Dunya TV. However, he said Pakistan “will present solid evidence against the Indian spy in the International Court.Earlier, Zakaria said at the weekly press briefing said India was trying to portray Jadhav’s case “as a humanitarian issue to divert the world’s attention from his role in fomenting terrorism” inside Pakistan. “After India stood exposed in state sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention from presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle,” he said.He said Pakistan’s position was clear as it was a matter of national security. He said Pakistan s reply to ICJ was in line with Article 36 (2) of the Vienna Convention that Pakistan does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICJ in this case. With inputs from agencies

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ has no jurisdiction, says Pak FO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan?s Foreign Office on Thursday said that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no jurisdiction over the county?s national security matters. The reaction came shortly after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Islamabad to stay the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until the court reaches a final decision on the matter. Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the decision to challenge the ICJ?s jurisdiction was taken after consultation with all the government institutions and agencies. Zakaria said Pakistan?s reply to the court was submitted in line with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention, explaining that Pakistan does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICJ on some issues. Pointing out that there exists a bilateral pact on consular access between the two countries since 2008, Zakaria said the matter of consular access lies solely on the merit of the case according to article six of the pact. Zakaria said India had presented a humanitarian angle on Jadhav?s case to divert the world’s attention. “After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle,? Geo News quoted Zakaria, as saying. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, stayed the death sentence awarded to former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, citing that both – India and Pakistan – were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ’s decision. India can then go to the Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement. The UN charter entails that ‘each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice’ and ‘if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council.’ A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities.” However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Demanding the immediate suspension of the death sentence, New Delhi expressed fear that Islamabad might execute the formal naval officer even before the hearing of the ICJ was over. Pakistan, on its part, told the ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a ‘spy’. It also accused India of using the international body for political theatrics. Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ, which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari, India’s counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” and a “violation of his right” to defend himself from concocted charges in a “farcical trial”. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Salve had told the court that India couldn’t arrange for Jadhav’s defence due to denial of consular access by Pakistan. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him. Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its “political theatrics.” India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi, while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav, said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport. He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi. India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence but Pakistan presented the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as a matter of national security and the ICJ’s decision would not apply to “matters related to the national security of Pakistan.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: ‘Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes’, Sarabjit’s sister on ICJ verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, temporarily staying the death sentence of former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Pakistan jail in 2013, on Thursday said Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes.”Firstly, I want to thank my God. Today, it’s a very big victory for India. This is the victory for all Indian citizens, victory for truth. India defeated Pakistan today and Pakistan must learn from its own mistakes. I am very happy to hear this. A very big congratulation to Kulbhushan’s family, citizens of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma ji and to Rajnath ji. Pakistan is habitual to face such things. The decision came in our favour because truth always wins,” Dalbir Kaur told ANI.Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national, had been sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in 1990 by a Pakistani Court. He was later on murdered by by his jail inmates at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in 2013. He and his family, notably his sister, Dalbir Kaur had constantly tried to free him through mercy petitions but failed.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Rajnath Singh says govt will ‘go to any extent’ to save JadhavEarlier in the day, Justice Ronny Abraham, President of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prima facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ’s decision. India can then go to the Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement. The UN charter entails that ‘each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice’ and ‘if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council.’A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged ‘espionage and subversive activities.’ However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Demanding the immediate suspension of the death sentence, New Delhi expressed fear that Islamabad might execute the formal naval officer even before the hearing of the ICJ was over. Pakistan, on its part, told the ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a ‘spy’. It also accused India of using the international body for political theatrics.
ALSO READ Full text of ICJ’s order staying Kulbhushan Jadhav’s hanging Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ, which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari, India’s counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to a ‘miscarriage of justice’ and a ‘violation of his right’ to defend himself from concocted charges in a ‘farcical trial’. India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of Jadhav. Salve had told the court that India couldn’t arrange for Jadhav’s defence due to denial of consular access by Pakistan. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him.Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its ‘political theatrics.’ India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi, while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav, said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport. He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi. India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence but Pakistan presented the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as a matter of national security and the ICJ’s decision would not apply to ‘matters related to the national security of Pakistan.’

ICJ stays Jadhav’s execution, instructs Pakistan to implement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major boost to India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. “Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings,” ICJ President Ronny Abraham said while reading out the verdict. The UN’s highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav’s sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it “of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order”. “The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order,” a press release from the global court said. Asserting its jurisdiction over the case, the court backed India’s contention that there has been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times. India and Pakistan, it noted, have been signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977. As soon as the order came in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the verdict as a “great relief”. They both thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed the battery of lawyers presenting India’s case. In Islamabad, Pakistan said it did not accept the ICJ ruling in matters related to national security. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying it was “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. The unanimous verdict of the 11-judge bench comes three days after the two countries gave their submissions during which India demanded annulment of the sentence and described Pakistan’s trial to convict Jadhav as “farcical”. Pakistan, in turn, had argued that the 46-year-old Indian national was a spy and India’s plea was “misconceived”. The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017. “This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the Court has given its final decision in the case.” It also noted the urgency of the case since Pakistan had given “no assurance that Mr. Jadhav will not be executed before the Court has rendered its final decision”. Examining India’s argument that is a risk of irreparable prejudice, it said, “… the mere fact that Mr. Jadhav is under a death sentence and might therefore be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India”. India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8. The next day, the global court gave Jadhav a lease of life and stayed the death sentence as a provisional measure. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. Jadhav’s case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak does not accept ICJ’s jurisdiction in national security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan does not accept the International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security, its Foreign Office said today after the UN court stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying the country has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death in March by a Pakistani military court and India approached the highest UN judicial body with the plea to stay his execution. The Hague-based ICJ heard the two sides on Monday where Pakistan had challenged the jurisdiction of the court but in its decision the court prime facie exercised the jurisdiction and accepted Indian pleas. The court today instructed Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it. Pakistan was in shock as it was confident that the ICJ will throw out the case on the grounds of jurisdiction. Talking to the state-run Pakistan Television after the ruling was delivered, Zakaria said India has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. “The real face of India will be exposed before the world,” he said, adding that Jadhav has confessed his crimes of sabotage, terrorism and subversion activities not only once but twice. He said Pakistan has already informed the ICJ that it does not accept its jurisdiction in matters related to the national security. “We do not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in matters related to the national security of the country,” he was quoted as saying by the Dunya TV. However, he said Pakistan “will present solid evidence against the Indian spy in the International Court. Earlier, Zakaria said at the weekly press briefing said India was trying to portray Jadhav’s case “as a humanitarian issue to divert the world’s attention from his role in fomenting terrorism” inside Pakistan. “After India stood exposed in state sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention from presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle,” he said. He said Pakistan’s position was clear as it was a matter of national security. He said Pakistan s reply to ICJ was in line with Article 36 (2) of the Vienna Convention that Pakistan does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICJ in this case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Rajnath Singh says govt will ‘go to any extent’ to save Jadhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed the stay on the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, on death row in Pakistan, saying the order gave people of India “a deep sense of satisfaction”.He said the Narendra Modi-led government will go “to any extent” to save Jadhav.”The ICJ’s decision to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav gives the people of India a deep sense of satisfaction and relief,” Singh said in a statement.Earlier, the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan for alleged espionage and subservice activities.The home minister said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has done a commendable job in getting a favourable judgement at the ICJ.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ‘Rs 1 lawyer’ Harish Salve hails ICJ order after playing match-winning innings”The government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go to any extent to save Kulbhushan Jadhav,” he said.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju termed the ICJ’s order is a “big victory” for India.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Twitterati celebrates ICJ’s staying of Jadhav’s order, say justice has prevailed In a big relief for India, the ICJ in the Hague in Holland today asked Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it.India had moved the UN’s highest judicial body against the death sentence, after Pakistan ignored its repeated requests for consular access to the 46-year-old former navyman.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Here’s the list of ‘charges’ levelled by Pakistan against himAccording to Pakistan, Jadhav was seized by its security forces in the restive Balochistan province on March three last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. India has disputed the claim and said Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ‘Rs 1 lawyer’ Harish Salve hails ICJ order after playing match-winning innings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Supreme Court counsel and former solicitor general of India, Harish Salve, who represented Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence case at the International Court of Justice, said he is extremely happy at the court’s verdict on the case.”I am very happy and that justice has finally been done. Thanks a lot,” Salve said while speaking to CNN-News18.”The execution of the death sentence cannot be done while this court is hearing the appeal. Else, it will be a violation of the Vienna Convention,” lead attorney Harish Salve had argued.The urgent hearing came after the ICJ last week stayed Jadhav’s execution. While India presented its argument over 90 minutes, Pakistan, which claims that Jadhav is an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), gets its turn later in the day.Pakistan had denied India its 16 requests for consular access, Salve said. “The graver the charges, the greater the need for continued adherence of the Vienna Convention. Jadhav has been in judicial custody without any communication with his family,” he said.
ALSO READ Sushma Swaraj just revealed how much Harish Salve is charging to defend Kulbhushan Jadhav at ICJHarish Salve, who is son of NKP Salve, a late Congress politician, is among the most expensive lawyers in India and according to media reports, charges up to Rs 30 lakh for a one-day appearance in the Supreme Court of India.Salve, a former solicitor general of India, is a chartered accountant and a commerce and law graduate. He started his career as a chartered accountant but later on moved to the legal profession. He has made his base in London.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: PM Modi thanks Sushma Swaraj, expresses satisfaction with ICJ orderSalve became a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court in 1992 and the solicitor general of India in 1999. Earlier, Sushma Swaraj said that India would leave no stone unturned to save him. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) order staying the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan and asserted that the government will “leave no stone unturned” to save him.She also thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve who India’s attorney at the Hague and argued the case before the global court. In a series of tweets, she said, “The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India.” Swaraj said, “We are grateful to Harish Salve for presenting India’s case so effectively before ICJ. I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save (him).” She also complimented the team of officers from her ministry for their tireless efforts and hard work put up in the matter.The ICJ at the Hague stayed the execution of 46-year-old Indian Navy officer Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.In a major boost to India, which has moved the UN’s highest judicial body in the case, the ICJ instructed Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending a final decision by it.With inputs from agencies

Senior counsels hail India’s move to internationalise Jadhav case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to deliver its verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav case today, the senior advocates hailed the Centre?s move to internationalise the matter while saying that it would send out a signal that India is no less than other developed nations. ?Indian has internationalised a matter of consular access. It is very important for India not only in case of Jadhav but in the case of every Indian citizen. All countries take steps to protect and ensure that their citizens who are in custody in other countries get consular access. This is important because it sends out a signal that India is no less than other developed nations. India has taken steps to protect the rights of its citizen. It was very important for India to show its commitment to each of its citizen,? former Additional Solicitor General and senior advocate Sidhartha Luthra told ANI. Senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi, however, questioned the government as whether it examined the case thoroughly or not. ?I don?t know this has been examined or not. We have only managed to internationalise this issue. The complication in this case is the treaty or agreement that has been entered into between India and Pakistan. If that excludes national security from the consideration that may supersede the Vienna Convention to that extent,? he told ANI. The International Court of Justice at The Hague will pronounce its verdict today over the death sentence awarded to former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistani military court. India has dragged Pakistan to the International Court of Justice over Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case after Islamabad two-star military court framed concocted charges against Jadhav. India has accused Pakistan of not following diplomatic norms and dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention by refusing New Delhi’s 16 requests of consular access to Jadhav and denying him the right to defend himself. Arguing before the 11-judge bench at the ICJ,which included former Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari,India’s counsel Harish Salve stressed that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” and a “violation of his right” to defend himself from concocted charges in a “farcical trial”. India told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. Noted lawyer Harish Salve had told the court that India couldn’t arrange for Jadhav’s defence due to denial of consular access by Pakistan. He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him. Pakistan is deliberately executing Indians in the military courts where there is no scope for any arguments even in military courts and the charges are mostly fabricated and concocted which are outside the jurisdiction of civil courts. Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its political theatrics. India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport. He told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi. Jadhav,a former Indian Navy officer ,was given the death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities”. To which Pakistan stated that the Vienna Convention provisions did not apply to a spy involved in terror activities. Also the International Court of Justice (ICJ) denied permission to Pakistan to play a six-minute”confessional” video of Jadhav which India terms as a statement taken forcible in captivity. India demanded immediate suspension of Jhadav’s death sentence but Pakistan presented the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as a matter of national security and ICJ ‘s decision would not apply to “matters related to the national security of Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ to pronounce verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav case tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will pronounce its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case tomorrow, three days after it heard arguments presented by India and Pakistan. According to government sources, the international court will give its verdict around 3.30 pm (IST) tomorrow. During its submission, India had demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over. India’s forceful submission was made as the ICJ began hearing the case of the 46-year-old former Navy officer, who was arrested on March 3 last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. The Jadhav case was taken to the world court on May 8 by India, which accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence”. On its part, Pakistan told the ICJ that Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy” involved in terror activities and charged India with using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” in the Jadhav case. The two neighbours last had a face-off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Harish Salve charged Re. 1 to fight Jadhav’s case at ICJ Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former solicitor general of India Harish Salve, who fought India?s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan?s decision of awarding death penalty to alleged India spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, has charged only Rupee one as his fee. External Affairs Minister made the extraordinary revelation on her official Twitter handle in response to the criticism put forward by one of Twitter users. An account by name of @goyalsanjeev had tweeted, ?Any good India lawyer would have done the same and with much less expenses than #HarishSalve. Wait for the verdict!? to which Swaraj replied, ?Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs.1/- as his fee for this case.? Meanwhile, the Centre has expressed confidence about getting ‘postive response’ from (ICJ) in the Jadhav case while saying that Pakistan will soon be exposed. “We are confident that ICJ will take decision in favour of India and Jadhva will get justice. We will expose Pakistan after getting the counselor access. Pakistan has awarded death sentence to Jadhav without any evidence of him being involved in terror activities,” Union Minister P.P. Choudhary told ANI. In the hearing, which began yesterday, ICJ declined to play the alleged confessional video of Jadhav when Pakistan offered it as evidence during the afternoon session of the court. Fearing that Jadhav might be executed before the hearing was over, India accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention and conducting a “farcical trial” without a “shred of evidence”. Pakistan had denied India its 16 requests for consular access, India’s lead attorney Harish Salve said. The urgent hearing comes after the ICJ last week stayed Jadhav’s execution. While India presented its argument over 90 minutes, Pakistan, which claims that Jadhav is an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), took less than an hour. India wants the ICJ to annul Jadhav’s death sentence and for Pakistan to ensure that no action is taken that may prejudice the rights of India or of Jadhav. Jadhav, the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India, was sentenced to death last month. On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. On May 9, the highest court in the UN gave Jadhav a lease of life. India, in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy. Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Harish Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav’s case: Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Harish Salve, who fought India’s case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, has charged Re 1 as fee, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. “Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs. 1/- as his fee for this case (sic),” Swaraj tweeted. Her tweet came in response to a tweet by one Sanjeev Goyal, who said India could have got any good lawyer with much less fee than what Salve must have charged for fighting the case. Salve was India’s lead attorney at the ICJ hearing the case of Indian national Jadhav. India has petitioned the ICJ, urging that it immediately suspend Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at ICJ. Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). India has denied that he has any connection with the government. The ICJ today heard arguments of both India and Pakistan. On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav. India, in its appeal, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was doing business after he retired from the Indian Navy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Defence-experts-on-ICJ-hearings @ 5/15/2017 5:16:25 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As the International Court of Justice is set to conduct a hearing in the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav case today, the defence experts asserted that Pakistan may not appear before the court as it would stand totally exposed. ?India has made a very voter tight case. There is no way that Pakistan will get away. However Pakistan may not even appear and they should not appear and say that ICJ has no jurisdiction over the case. They will stand totally exposed,? Defence Expert P.K. Sehgal told ANI. He further said the Pakistan would be very scared of facing ICJ as it may direct them to physically allow consular access to India. Another Defence Expert Ranjeet Rai said that there is a possibility of Pakistan boycotting the ICJ hearing. ?I am sure Pakistan will either defend or run away from this by boycotting the ICJ. The onus is on Pakistan now to vigil out of it or come and argues its case for Commander Jadhav,? Rai told ANI. The ICJ will be holding public hearings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case today. The principal judicial organ of the United Nations on May 9 put a stay on the death sentence given by Pakistan to the alleged Indian spy. The development came after India instituted proceedings against Pakistan, accusing the latter of “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations” in the matter of detention and trial of Jadhav, and sought a stay on his death sentence. India earlier contended that it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan failed to inform the accused of his rights, an official release from the ICJ said. India further said that, in violation of the Vienna Convention, the authorities of Pakistan were denying it its right of consular access to Jadhav, despite its repeated requests. It’s also pointed out that India learned about the “death sentence against Jadhav from a press release.” India submitted that it had information that Jadhav was “kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy, and was then shown to have been arrested in Baluchistan” on March 3, 2016, and that the Indian authorities were notified of that arrest on March 25, 2016. India also asked the ICJ to declare the decision illegal being violative of international law and treaty rights and restrain Pakistan from acting in violation of the Vienna Convention and international law by giving effect to the sentence or the conviction in any manner, and directing it to release the convicted Indian National forthwith, if Pakistan is unable to annul the decision. Pakistan had claimed that Jadhav was arrested from the Baluchistan province last year. A military court sentenced him to death, alleging he was involved in espionage and anti-national activities. Pakistan also claimed that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.” India out rightly denied the claims, saying Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was running a business, and adding he was a retired Navy officer. Pakistan has turned down 16 requests from India for consular access to Jadhav. Jadhav was sentenced to death by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) last month for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘His path will inspire people’: Outrage and grief at India Gate over killing of army officer Ummer Fayaz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The India Gate saw outpouring of grief and outrage over the abduction and killing of 22-year-old Kashmiri army officer Ummer Fayaz by militants. Hundreds of army veterans, students and tourists took out a candle light march in his memory, with many voicing their demand for the death of the young lieutenant to be “avenged”. “His killing is condemnable. Each and every part of the society should condemn the incident and it should not be accepted at any cost. Stability should return to the valley. The path Fayaz chose should inspire the people,” former Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said. The march, that went around the India Gate circle, saw people raising slogans hailing his “sacrifice”. ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ rented the air along with cries condemning Pakistan and militant groups in the valley.
ALSO READ Zakir Musa, who threatened to behead Hurriyat leaders, quits terror outfit Hizbul MujhaideenMany tourists who flocked the area also spontaneously joined the march in the evening.The alumni association of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, where Fayaz studied before joining the Pune-based National Defence Academy, were among the marchers, along with members of the 124 infantry battalion of the Territorial Army.
ALSO READ Officer Ummer Fayaz murdered: J-K police puts up posters of killers, offers reward”If Kashmiris want to go with Pakistan, let them go. I am sure Kashmir will be left with nothing within a few months. And if Pakistan does not abide by the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case then the Indian Army should be given a chance to retaliate,” Captain (retd) Ravi Verma said.He was referring to the Hague-based ICJ staying the execution of the 46-year-old Indian, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “spying”. Lieutenant Fayaz, from the troubled region of Kulgam district, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and had applied for leave to attend a cousin’s wedding.He was on leave when he was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam, 60 kilometres from Srinagar, on Tuesday. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.Fayaz, who studied at Navodaya Vidyalaya, a branch of government schools for gifted students, at Ashmuquam in South Kashmir, joined the Army after being commissioned in December last year. He belonged to the 129th batch of cadets from the prestigious Pune-based National Defence Academy. This was for the first time that he had taken leave after joining the Army, a senior official said. He was supposed to have returned to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25.

Pakistan ready with arguments to pursue case against Jadhav before ICJ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan has devised their strategy on how they are going to plead their point of view in the public hearing on Monday before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the conviction of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. After hectic consultations for two days with the Foreign Office and law ministry officials, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf has sent a set of recommendations to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif . There are reports that Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf is expected to lead the Pakistan side before the ICJ but he indicated that they may hire someone from abroad, the best minds on international law to advance Pakistan?s standpoint. ?We have sent our recommendations to the Prime Minister?s Office and the Foreign Office,? Dawn quoted Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf as saying. Stressing on the need to keep the suggestions, arguments and options confidential so that the other side might not know the strategy being devised, the attorney general said a robust reply would be advanced by Pakistan in a forceful manner, refuting all allegations leveled against it and also pointing out atrocities India was getting away with committing in Kashmir. Some of the suggestions that Pakistan is likely to put forward before ICJ on May 15 are: 1) Pakistan updated a list of reservations that includes national security about ICJ jurisdiction which had been updated on March 29, a fortnight before Jadhav?s conviction. Pakistan could raise the issue of jurisdiction before the ICJ, citing a 1999 case pertaining to the shooting down of an Atlantique aircraft in which India had refused to accept the court?s jurisdiction on the pretext that it could not hear cases related to disputes between Commonwealth countries. 2)The ICJ president has stayed the execution of Jadhav, although the notification of initiation of the proceedings on Monday had categorically stated that the hearing would be about ?provisional measures? which India had sought to protect its interest in the case, the Dawn reported citing legal expert as saying. The ICJ can allow the provisional measures under Article 41 of its statutes. But the intimation to Pakistan about the proceedings was under Article 74, which technically was not a stay, he explained. 3) Ex judge of the Lahore High Court, Justice Chohan said that Pakistan can put forward an argument that India has not exhausted other forums available and the final stage to approach the world court had not been reached. Pakistan could also assure the ICJ that the spy would not be executed until other forums were fully explored, he said. 4)Moreover, the Supreme Court, in a recent case challenging the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, had kept with itself the judicial authority of reviewing any sentence awarded by the military courts if the condition of fair trial was not met, Dawn quoted Justice Chohan as saying. India, in its appeal before the ICJ, has accused Pakistan of “egregious” violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The plea stated that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was involved in business activities after retiring after retiring from the Indian navy, but Pakistan claimed he was arrested from Balochistan on March 3,2016. Jadhav was sentenced to death by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) last month for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan to overrule ICJ’s order to suspend Jadhav execution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Islamabad will overrule the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) order to suspend the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a military court, Pakistan’s local media reports said. According to Pakistan’s local media reports, the Attorney General of Pakistan “was briefed on the issue on Friday and according to sources, Pakistan will deny jurisdiction of International Court of Justice (ICJ) over cases that have national stability at stake.”Earlier, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, sent an urgent communication to Pakistan from the office of its President under Article 74 for Islamabad and New Delhi’s cooperation till a decision is reached on the death sentence case of former Indian naval officer and alleged spy Khulbhushan Jadhav. Judge Ronny Abraham, the President of the ICJ, forwarded the urgent communication to both Pakistan and India . ICJ President Judge Abraham in his letter to Pakistan Prime MInister Nawaz Sharif, said, ” In my capacity as President of the Court, and exercising the powers conferred upon me under Article 74 , Paragraph 4, of the rules, I call upon the parties concerned ie. Your Excellency’s Government , pending the court’s decision on the request for provisional measures, to act in such a way as will enable any order the court may make on this request to have its appropriate effects.” The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will be holding public hearings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on May 15. Indian lawyer Harish Salve will argue the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav on New Delhi’s behalf. Pakistan was caught by surprise when India move swiftly to ICJ and Islamabad received a midnight order that stayed the execution of Jadhav. The development came after India instituted proceedings against Pakistan, accusing the latter of “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations” in the matter of detention and trial of Jadhav, and sought a stay on his death sentence. Pakistan has denied consular access to Jadhav on 16 occasions. India earlier contended that it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan had failed to inform the accused of his rights, an official release from the ICJ said. India submitted that it had information that Jadhav was “kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy, and was then shown to have been arrested in Balochistan” on March 3, 2016, and that the Indian authorities were notified of that arrest on March 25, 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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