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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India objects to abusive language of Pakistan's counsel at ICJ; asks UN court to draw a redline

Harish Salve Photograph:( ANI )

The Hague, Netherlands Feb 20, 2019, 08.17 PM (IST)

India on Wednesday strongly objected to the abusive language used by Pakistan's counsel in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), urging the UN court to draw a red line.

Harish Salve, the former solicitor general of India while presenting India's case before the ICJ, drew the court's attention to the abusive language used by Pakistan through its counsel Khawar Qureshi on the second day of the hearing.

"The language echoed in this court... Perhaps this Court may lay down some red lines. The transcript is peppered with words such as shameless, nonsense, disgraceful... India takes exception to be addressed in this fashion in an international court.

"India strongly objects to the abusive language of Pakistan's counsel," Salve said as the International Court of Justice began the second round of public hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.

On Wednesday, India will have a maximum of 90 minutes to submit its final arguments in the case. Pakistan will also get 90 minutes to respond to India's arguments on Thursday.

The ICJ is expected to deliver its verdict in the summer of 2019.