Govt ap­points for­mer CJP as ad-hoc judge at ICJ

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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.

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