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ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to form new legal team

NSA Sartaj Aziz said that Pak will form a new team of lawyers to present its stance in Jadhav case

ANI  |  Islamabad 

Sartaz Aziz's words twisted, there's ironclad proof against Kulbhushan Yadav: Pakistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. Photo: Reuters

National Security Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, has said that will form a new team of lawyers to present Pakistan's stance vigorously in the Kulbushan Jadhav case that is before the of Justice (ICJ).

Radio quoted Aziz as saying that Pakistan's counsel had courageously presented Pakistan's stance in ICJ on Jadhav.

The Pakistan's Foreign Office said on Thursday that the ICJ has no jurisdiction over the county's national security matters, which in this instance was the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the decision to challenge the ICJ's jurisdiction was taken after consultation with all institutions and agencies.

Zakaria said Pakistan's reply to the was submitted in line with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.

He pointed out that there exists a bilateral pact on consular access between and since 2008 and added that article 6 of the pact solely relates to consular access being determined on the merit of the case.

Zakaria said, "After stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle".

The ICJ, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, stayed the death sentence awarded to former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Jadhav by the military court, citing that both and were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by under the Vienna Convention were plausible.

First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 17:32 IST