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Pakistan's interior minister said today Islamabad was effectively pursuing Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at the International Court of Justice as it was a proof of India's intentions to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, according to a media report.
Jadhav, a 47-year-old former Indian naval officer, is on death row in Pakistan after the country's military in a secret trial in April found him guilty of espionage and terrorism.
Minister Ahsan Iqbal said Jadhav's case was a proof of India's intentions to sabotage the USD 50-billion CPEC through terrorism, The News International reported.
Jadhav's death sentence was stayed in May after a ruling by the ICJ on India's appeal. The hearing in the case is set to resume this month at The Hague-based court.
Pakistan claims it arrested Jadhav in March last year from its restive Balochistan province, where the CPEC culminates at the deep-water Gwadar Port.
But India maintains Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.
India opposes the CPEC, a part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious Belt and Road initiative, as it passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
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