Govt appoints former CJP as ad-hoc judge at ICJ
ISLAMABAD: The government has appointed former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jilani as an ad-hoc judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to defend Pakistan’s side in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Sources say the decision to appoint the former CJP as ad-hoc judge at ICJ was taken after consulting all the stakeholders.
The prime minister has endorsed the decision by signing the summary sent by the law ministry with regards to Jilani's appointment as the ad-hoc judge to represent Pakistan.
Under Article 13 of the ICJ, Pakistan can send an ad-hoc judge. The team of lawyers to defend Pakistan’s side was previously led by noted lawyer Khawar Qureshi. He became the CJP in December 2013 and retired in July 2014.
Earlier this month, a high-level meeting was held, headed by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali, to discuss Pakistan's strategy and responses to India’s 22-page report submitted before the ICJ.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Law and Justice, as well as other stakeholders.