India Asks World Court to Bar Pakistan From Executing Alleged Spy

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Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that senior lawyer Harish Salve had charged Re 1 for arguing Kulbhushan Yadav's case at the International Court of Justice.

Qureshi also said India did not respond to communication from Pakistan in January this year seeking cooperation in the probe relating to Jadhav.

"We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tension", the spokesperson said when asked about the United States' stand on the case of Jadhav.

Pakistani counsel Khawar Qureshi informed the court that India had concealed facts during the hearing in an attempt to secure the stay order against the death sentence awarded to Jadhav for carrying out subversive acts in Pakistan.

Harish Salve, leading the Indian legal team, had focused his arguments on Pakistan's denial of consular access to Jadhav as he presented India's case before the judicial body.

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The Indian camp sounds fairly confident of a favourable judgement which the president of he ICJ said would be delivered as soon as possible in an open hearing.

India had approached the ICJ on May 8 for an urgent hearing of Jadhav's case and also sought suspension of the death sentence.

India has further claimed that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in a business undertaking. Former Indian naval officer, Jadhav, was found guilty by the military court of being a spy for India, but India has denied the claims. The council cited Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 to challenge ICJ's jurisdiction in the case.

"India invoked the jurisdiction of this court improperly", he said.

Qureshi said the issue of consular access to Jadhav was not considered as he was accused of spying and it was not considered to be applied on terrorists. Dr Faisal said spies do not have rights of counsellor access and India did not produce evidence against Jadhav in the court.

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India pleaded that "the ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear such disputes".

All requests for consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav had fallen on "deaf ears", it said.

The former Indian Naval officer was arrested in March past year and had been given death sentence by a Pakistani Military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. Islamabad has also not responded to a visa application by Jadav´s parents seeking to travel to Pakistan to visit their son, he said. "On this basis, Pakistan would be content for the Court to list the application of India for hearing within six weeks", he added. We have a long border with India where millions of people reside.

Pakistan's DG for South Asia and Saarc, Mohammed Faisal, said, "India was provided with a copy of the passport that was in the possession of Commander Jadhav when he was apprehended".

He said the court was not apprised that Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan and that he possessed double passports and birth certificates.

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