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Pak recommends ex-chief justice as judge in Jadhav case in ICJ

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today recommended former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as an ad-hoc judge to the International of Justice to hear the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military for "subversive activities".

"The of has communicated to the International of Justice its designation of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, a former Chief Justice of Pakistan, to be its Judge Ad hoc in the Jadhav Case," the Foreign Office said in a statement.


Officials had earlier said that names of Jillani and senior lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan were sent to the office of the Prime Minister for final approval.

The procedures of the ICJ allow a party to nominate an ad-hoc judge in circumstances where there is no judge of the that has that party's nationality.

Currently, there is no judge of the that has Pakistani nationality; whereas Justice Bhandari from sits as a judge of the

Justice Jillani served as a judge of the Supreme of from 2004 to 2013 and subsequently as the 21st Chief Justice of from December 2013 until July 2014.

He was among the judges who refused to take oath of allegiance to former dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf after he imposed emergency on November 3, 2007. Jillani was kept in illegal confinement by Musharraf, who is currently facing a criminal case for illegally confining the judges.

The decision to appoint Jillani as an ad-hoc judge came as started the process to file its plea in response to Indian memorial submitted with the International of Justice on September 13 against the conviction of Jadhav.

The ICJ had asked to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the could start further proceedings.

On Thursday, the Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.

Pakistan, which announced the death sentence on Jadhav on April 10, claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Jadhav had filed an appeal with the army chief to seek clemency, which is still pending.

After approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in

has warned of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the "premeditated murder" was carried out.

In its application, had also informed the ICJ that it learnt about the death sentence against Jadhav from a press release.

acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Indian Navy but denies that he has any connection with the It also said that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran.

has also handed over to an appeal by Jadhav's mother, initiating a process to get his conviction overturned.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 20:42 IST
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