Islamabad (April 17, 2018): India will submit its memorial in Kulbhushan Jadhav case today (April 17), the date set by International Court of Justice (ICJ) to India for filing another round of memorials in the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Pakistan will have to submit its counter memorial on July 17.In view of the timeline, they also informed that there is little chance that the hearing of the case will resume in 2018, adding that the two-month summer vacations of ICJ judges will start in August, and when it ended, the court will take up cases that have already been fixed before it.
Earlier, New Delhi sought time to file an additional memorial at the ICJ. Legal experts are, however, wondering why India is trying to unnecessarily drag the matter.
While submitting a 1,700-page counter memorial in the ICJ on December 13 last year, Pakistan rejected the Indian objection of not giving consular access to Jadhav, saying the provision of such access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors, and not spies.Pakistan said that since India did not deny that Jadhav was travelling with an assumed Muslim name, they have no case to plead.
India has repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav, but Pakistan has turned down its requests, citing a bilateral accord that does not permit such access to spies.
However, on December 25, Islamabad allowed Jadhav’s mother and wife to meet with him on purely humanitarian grounds.It was learnt that the government has also sought legal assistance from two top lawyers of the country. The initial memorial was drafted by Khawar Qureshi.
The ICJ on May 18 last year halted the execution of Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a military court on April 10 after being convicted on charges of terrorism and espionage.
Jadhav alias Hussain Mubarak Patel was apprehended on March 3, 2016, after he illegally crossed into Pakistan via Iran border.