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India using ICJ as 'stage for political theatre': Pak

ANI  |  The Hague [Netherlands] 

on Monday told the International of Justice (ICJ) that is using the as a stage for political theatre, adding that solid evidences were provided regarding alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's 'activities'.

Pakistan's counsel Khawar Qureshi while presenting Islamabad's stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav said that the former naval officer entered into through using fake passport.

He told the that had given all information regarding Jadhav's investigation, but didn't receive any response from

Qureshi claimed that Jadhav was given 150 days to clarify himself and argued that the ICJ must not give relief to the alleged Indian spy.

"is fielding arguments based on misrepresentation and contradiction. It didn't present evidences in the International of Justice provided by Pakistan," he said.

argued in the ICJ that it will use all legal resources to safeguard its people and land.

"It is written in an agreement that every country will see the matter of arrested person in accordance with merit," Qureshi said.

The Pakistani side consists of six individuals, which included Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of to UAE as Agent, Mohammad Faisal, DG (South Asia & SAARC) as Agent, Syed Faraz Hussain Zaidi, Counsellor of the Embassy in the Netherlands as Adviser, Q.C. Khawar Qureshi as Counsel, Asad Rahim Khan as Junior Counsel and Joseph Dyke as Legal Assistant.

Earlier, joint secretaries at the Indian External Affairs Ministry, Dr Deepak Mittal, Dr VD Sharma, and Indian counsel Harish Salve completed their statements before the judges.

argued that immediate steps must be taken to stop from carrying out the death sentence of former Indian naval officer Jadhav.

Mittal, who argued first, said that had held Jadhav on concocted charges adding that his human rights was "thrown to the winds".

Sharma said has been seeking consular access since it was informed of Jadhav's arrest adding that request for defense a lawyer was denied and visa to his parents was also not given despite repeated pleas.

"and are both parties to convention, hence are under court's jurisdiction. Consular access was denied repeatedly and didn't provide any document to despite requests," he said.

"There is an immediate threat that execution would be carried out before can decide the case on its merit," he added.

Noted lawyer Harish Salve, representing India, told the that couldn't arrange for defence aide to Jadhav due to the denial of consular access by

He said made innumerable requests for consular access but refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him.

"Jadhav was framed on confessional statements extracted from him when he was in Pakistan's military custody," Salve said.

Demanding provisional measures to stay Jadhav's execution, Harish Salve gave instances as to when the International of Justice ordered provisional relief to death row convicts pending trial in the ICJ.

He told the that it is imperative to prevent irreparable damage to Jadhav's rights.

Refuting the allegations levelled on Jadhav by Pakistan, Salve argued that India's case is that throughout his incarceration, Jadhav was denied consular access.

Salve told the that Jadhav's tape was doctored.

Asserting that relies on the Vienna Convention, Salve argued that the Vienna Convention doesn't provide any exception as to providing consular access.

Salve citing Nicaragua, Germany and Mexico's examples said that seeks annulment of death sentence announced by Pakistan's military for Jadhav.

"Pakistan's conduct violates the Vienna Convention. The more serious the charge, the greater the need for procedural safeguards to protect the rights of the accused," Salve told the

Salve raised doubts over military court's impartiality, saying that Jadhav's appeal was heard by a military court, presided over by a two-star general, whereas his death sentence was confirmed by a four-star general.

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