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India stands firmly with Jadhav: Congress

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

With the International of Justice (ICJ) hearing the case of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Party on Monday said stands strongly with the former.

"This is not a moment for recrimination, disputes and questions. I think the entire country stands as one behind Jadhav and India's plea at the ICJ. I have no doubt that justice, compassion and truth will prevail but ultimately these are international proceedings and we must remain sober, restrained and balanced in the waiting of the verdict whether interim or final," spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told ANI.

He further said that even if the arguments take a long time, the balance of convenience is clearly in the favour of

"Till the gives its orders Pakistan cannot give a death sentence or render in fructuous the case by carrying out the death sentence on Jadhav. Till such time any major decision is taken, no precipitate action by Islamabad can or should be allowed to be done," Singhvi asserted.

He added that has a strong case and the entire country hopes that the case turns out to be well at the ICJ.

Meanwhile, senior advocate P. P. Rao said that unless Pakistan's case is known, the edited merits of both the sides cannot be obtained.

"Maybe Pakistan will raise the question of jurisdiction in the of Justice to entertain this matter. must be prepared to answer all these objections. Till a hearing is concluded the stay will continue," Rao said.

He said that should put all its strength, adding that this is a very crucial stage.

Echoing similar views, (BJP) leader Nalin Kohli said Pakistan, despite of being a signatory of the Vienna Convention is choosing to follow the procedure that has been mandated on them.

"There is no doubt that the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue has been conducted and the trial that has been done in Pakistan appeared to be more of Kangaroo proceedings," he added.

Kohli further said that the Government of has very firmly been putting across the point of view on all of these grounds through senior Indian lawyer, Harish Salve and it is believed that it's a strong case that ICJ will take cognizance of.

Pakistan on Monday while presenting its case at the International of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav issue claimed that "has used this as the scene of political theatre."

"has used this as the scene of political theatre. We will not respond in kind," Mohammad Faisal, DG south Asia and SAARC, said.

"has been unable to provide an explanation for Jadhav's passport which bears a Muslim name," Faisal added.

He also claimed that India's application on Kulbhushan Jadhav is unnecessary and misconceived.

There has been deafening silence and no response from on Pakistan's accusations on Jadhav, Pakistan's lawyer Khawar Qureshi said.

Qureshi also said that Jadhav has 150 days to appeal his sentence.

Meanwhile, the ICJ declined to play the alleged confessional video of Jadhav when Pakistan's offered it as evidence during the afternoon session of the

Expressing the fear that Jadhav might be executed before the hearing was over, accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention and conducting a "farcical trial" without a "shred of evidence".

Pakistan had denied its 16 requests for consular access, India's lead attorney Harish Salve said.

The urgent hearing comes after the ICJ last week stayed Jadhav's execution.

While presented its argument over 90 minutes, Pakistan, which claims that Jadhav is an agent of India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), took less than an hour.

wants the ICJ to annul Jadhav's death sentence and for Pakistan to ensure that no action is taken that may prejudice the rights of or of Jadhav.

Jadhav, the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India, was sentenced last month.

On May 8, moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

On May 9, the highest in the UN gave Jadhav a lease of life.

India, in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

However, it denies that he has any connection with the government.

Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 20:57 IST