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Vienna Convention not for spies involved in terror: Pak to ICJ

Press Trust of India  |  The Hague 

Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a "spy" involved in terror activities, today told the International of Justice (ICJ), which is hearing India's plea on the death sentence given to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

India's application on Jadhav, who was arrested in March last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military on charges of espionage and subversive activities, was "unnecessary and misconceived" and must be dismissed, told the UN's highest judicial body.


had been unable to provide an explanation for Jadhav's passport which bears a Muslim name, Mohammed Faisal of the Foreign Office said in his opening remarks in response to India's submissions earlier in the day.

was using the as the "scene of political theatre" but "we will not respond in kind", Faisal told the ICJ which held daylong proceedings to decide the fate of the former Indian Navy officer.

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

Expressing the fear that Jadhav, 46, might be executed before the hearing was over, accused of violating the Vienna convention and conducting a "farcical trial" without a "shred of evidence".

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 to ensure that no action is taken that may prejudice the rights of or of Jadhav.

Jadhav, the latest flashpoint in the tensions between 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.

claims to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 20:48 IST
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