Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Will not prejudge verdict, says Pakistan foreign office

WION New Delhi , Islamabad Jul 16, 2019, 09.06 PM(IST) Reported By: Anas Mallick Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

File photo: Kulbhushan Jadhav. Photograph:( Others )

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Jhadav is an Indian national who was kidnapped by Pakistani spy agency from Iran which Islamabad refuses, saying he was a spy. 

The international court of justice(ICJ) will be pronouncing its final verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Wednesday.

The verdict will be given out at 6:30 pm(IST) by the Peace Palace, The Hague by President of the International Court of Justice Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf.

While Pakistan has sent a 13-member delegation led by Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, India will be represented by Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran) Deepak Mittal and officials from Legal & Treaties Division of the ministry of external affairs. 

India had requested the world court to annul the decision of the Pakistani military court and asked for the release of Kulbhushan Jhadav or if he not released, he should be given a trial under ordinary law before a civilian court with the right to India to arrange for his legal representations and full consular access. 

The final oral hearing on the case happened earlier this year in February with both sides presenting their arguments.

Both sides ahead of the verdict didn't want to speculate in the high profile case. 

While the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said,"We will have to wait till 17th July. Not proper to speculate. We have submitted a memorial which is in public domain.", spokesperson of Pakistani Foreign Ministry Faisal Mohammed said, "We can not prejudge the verdict, however, we prepared for the case comprehensively."

Jhadav is an Indian national who was kidnapped by Pakistani spy agency from Iran which Islamabad refuses, saying he was a spy. 

India was first informed of his custody by Pakistani authorities on March 25, 2016, after which in 2017, Islamabad announced that a military court has awarded death sentence to him.

New Delhi then went to the world court on May 8, 2017 and filed a case against Pakistan for “for egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963” and got a stay on his hanging.

On May 18, 2017, the ICJ delivered its order asking Pakistan to not go ahead with the execution. The order said, "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr. Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the Court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present Order." 

On 25th December 2017, Pakistan allowed Kulbhushan's mother and wife to meet him in Islamabad, an event that became a media circus with Pakistani foreign ministry even removing footwears and mangalsutra of Kulbhushan's wife.