As ICJ deadline nears, PM Abbasi to finalise Pakistan's counter-argument in Jadhav's case today

On May 18, ICJ ordered Pakistan to put a stay on Jadhav's execution. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 07, 2017, 12.18 PM (IST)

With less than a week left for Pakistan to submit its response before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is expected to chair a meeting on Thursday to prepare a counter-memorial to India's response on the conviction of former Indian Navy officer.

After India's written response was submitted to registrar Philippe Couvreur, the world court had set December 13 as the last date for Islamabad to submit its pleas and counter-arguments. 

"The prime minister was expected to receive a briefing on the efforts made by the principal offices, including the attorney general office, the Foreign Office and other stakeholders in formalising a robust reply to be advanced by Islamabad refuting all allegations levelled by India," Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.   

As Pakistan was adamant about giving death sentence to Jadhav, Indian approached ICJ and had appealed to the court to impose emergency measures for his execution to be suspended till the legal battle in The Hague concludes.

New Delhi further accused Islamabad of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access and for being in breach of international human rights law.

Earlier on May 18, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to put a stay on the Jadhav's execution. 

Jadhav, who was arrested in Balochistan, on charges of alleged involvement in espionage activities, was sentenced to death this year in April by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) Pakistan in April this year.