India Rejects Pakistan's New Twist To Kulbhushan Jadhav Case At UN Court

  • India Rejects Pakistan's New Twist To Kulbhushan Jadhav Case At UN Court

India Rejects Pakistan's New Twist To Kulbhushan Jadhav Case At UN Court

India's case is grounded in Pakistan's refusal to give Indian officials consular access to the former naval officer who was kidnapped from Iran previous year.

Similarly, Pakistan has been asked by the court to complete its submission by December 13 this year, the ministry of external affairs said on Friday.

"This is the factual situation. As per discussions, we submitted for early and expeditious proceedings in the matter and pointed out the precedence of the Avena case, in which four months were given for submitting memorial", said Baglay.

The report mentioned that Pakistan got to know about the decision through its consulate in Netherlands. "At this stage, it is premature to say when the hearing will take place", he added.

India has been asked to present its written arguments by 13 September to back its petition in the United Nations court to seek release of its national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, India's Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

This was stated by Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf Ali - who is representing Pakistan in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at ICJ - while talking to media in Islamabad.

He also ordered Pakistan to inform the tribunal that it has implemented the decision. "The ICJ has to conclude whether the convicted spy can receive consular access or not, for which two or three months' time period is more than enough to file a response", he opined.

Analysts in India had noted the development as a turning point in Pakistan-Russia relations with Russia also removing an arms embargo against Islamabad in 2014 and agreeing to sell its MI-35 helicopters to Pakistan-in a rare move.

India had lodged a case in the ICJ and demanded immediate suspension of the death sentence. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.