India today filed its second round of written reply in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) relating to the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April last year on charges of espionage and terrorism.
The External Affairs Ministry said the reply was filed in keeping with an order of the ICJ earlier this year.
Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April last year on charges of espionage and terrorism. The ICJ in May last year had halted his execution on India's appeal.
"As per the Court order, India had filed written pleadings in the case on September 13, 2017 and Pakistan filed its counter memorial on December 13 2017. Today, India filed its Reply to Pakistan's submissions to the court. Pakistan has been given time till July 17 2018 by the Court to file its response (Rejoinder)," the MEA said.
Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.
Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.
After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.
The MEA today said India remains committed to make all possible efforts to secure and protect the rights of Jadhav.
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