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Pakistan embarrassed to disclose charges against Kulbhushan Jadhav, says India at ICJ

File photo of Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting his mother and wife. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team The Hague, Netherlands Feb 18, 2019, 03.42 PM (IST)

India's began its argument on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice at The Hague on Monday with former solicitor general of India Harish Salve asserting that "Pakistan was using the platform for propaganda purposes".

Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav has been in a Pakistani jail for the past three years after Pakistan authorities claimed he entered the country through the Iran border and was arrested in Balochistan province on March 3rd, 2016.

A Pakistani military court had sentenced Jadhav to death two years ago on charges of espionage and terrorism. However, in May, 2017, the world court restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

During the hearing, Salve said Pakistan had ignored thirteen requests for consular access and Jadhav wasn't informed about his right by Pakistan authorities.

"In April 2016 and FIR was registered against Jadhav. In May 2016, Jadhav was interrogated, and India sent reminders for consular access across May, June, and July," Salve said.

Jadhav was tortured by Pakistan for three years, Salve told the world court, adding that Pakistan was bound to provide consular access, however, it failed to follow convention.

Pakistan has been using this platform for propaganda, Salve said. "Pakistan embarrassed to disclose charges against Jadhav," Salve told the international court.

Jadhav's trial by military court hopelessly fails to satisfy even minimum standards of due process and should be declared "unlawful", Salve told the ICJ.

"It is an unfortunate case where the life of an innocent Indian is at risk," ex-solicitor general Harish Salve, who was representing India, said. 

"Pakistan's story is solely based on rhetoric and not facts," he said.

The ICJ has set a timetable from February 18 to 21 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

India will be presenting its arguments today and Pakistan will get its chance to make its submissions on Tuesday. After that, India will be given a chance to reply on February 20 while Pakistan will make its closing arguments on February 21.

Pakistan's Attorney General Anwar Mansoor would lead the Pakistani delegation at the ICJ while Director General South Asia Mohammad Faisal would lead the Pakistan foreign office.

The Indian side led by Harish Salve also has Deepak Mittal, Vishnu Dutt, Vinu Rajamani, Luthar Angrezi, Cheta Ray, Arundhati Kelkar and Senthil Kumar.

Both sides will be given three hours to present their arguments in the first round and a maximum of ninty minutes in the second round.
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It is expected that the ICJ's decision may be delivered in the middle of the year.
 

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During the hearing, Salve said Pakistan had ignored thirteen requests for consular access and Jadhav wasn't informed about his right by Pakistan authorities.