In­dia sub­mits plead­ings to ICJ in spy Jad­hav’s case

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In­dia’s For­eign Min­istry on Wed­nes­day con­firmed the coun­try had sub­mit­ted its writ­ten plead­ings to the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice (ICJ) in the case of In­dian spy Kulb­hushan Jad­hav who was ar­rested by Pak­istan in 2016. In May 2017, In­dia moved the UN’s top court against Pak­istan after Jad­hav ─ ac­cused of es­pi­onage ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan ─ was sen­tenced to death by a Field Gen­eral Court Mar­tial (FGCM). In­dia ac­cused Pak­istan of vi­o­lat­ing the Vi­enna Con­ven­tion by deny­ing con­sular ac­cess to Jad­hav and re­quested the ICJ to en­sure that Jad­hav’s death sen­tence is sus­pended. It also al­leged that it was “not in­formed of Jad­hav’s de­ten­tion un­til long after his ar­rest,” and learned about his death sen­tence through the me­dia. Dur­ing a hear­ing at the ICJ on May 15, the court stayed Jad­hav’s ex­e­cu­tion. “Pak­istan should take all mea­sures to en­sure that Mr Jad­hav is not ex­e­cuted till the fi­nal de­ci­sion of this court,” the court had ruled. The ICJ is yet to pass the fi­nal ver­dict in the case and had or­dered In­dia and Pak­istan to file their pleas and counter-ar­gu­ments by Sept 13 and Dec 13 re­spec­tively. The Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs spokesper­son, while re­spond­ing to a ques­tion re­gard­ing the de­vel­op­ment today said that “In­dia has, today, sub­mit­ted its memo­rial (writ­ten plead­ings) to the ICJ in the Jad­hav case in­volv­ing egre­gious vi­o­la­tion of Vi­enna Con- ven­tion on Con­sular Re­la­tions 1963 by Pak­istan. This is in fur­ther­ance of our ap­pli­ca­tion filed be­fore the Court on May 8, 2017.” Jad­hav’s ar­rest and con­fes­sions Jad­hav was ar­rested in Pak­istan on March 3, 2016, dur­ing an op­er­a­tion in Balochis­tan’s Mashkel area for his in­volve­ment in es­pi­onage and sab­o­tage ac­tiv­i­ties against Pak­istan. In­dia, how­ever, main­tains that Jad­hav is a re­tired naval of­fi­cer. In March 2016, shortly after his ar­rest, Jad­hav’s con­fes­sional state­ment was aired on tele­vi­sion by then head of In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions Lt Gen Asim Ba­jwa, in which the spy ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties in Balochis­tan and Karachi. Terming the In­dian spy’s ar­rest a ‘big achieve­ment’, Ba­jwa said at the time that Jad­hav was di­rectly han­dled by the Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing (RAW) chief, the In­dian Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser and the RAW joint sec­re­tary. “His goal was to dis­rupt the de­vel­op­ment of

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