India, Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue: USA on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution

India, Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue: USA on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution

India, Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue: USA on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution

One of India's top lawyers Harish Salve charged ₹1 as the fee to fight India's case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court. India sought relief from the ICJ "by way of immediate suspension of the sentence of death awarded" to Jadhav.

A Pakistani military court had sentenced death penalty to Jadhav in March past year on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

India's consular access to Jadhav was denied 16 times by Pakistan, claiming he was an agent of India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

At the end of the day's proceedings ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the verdict in the matter would be given "as soon as possible" and the date delivered in a public sitting.

Pakistan's counsel, Khalid Qureshi, arguing that the case did not fall under the ICJ's jurisdiction, told the court: "India has not provided any evidence to rebut that Jadhav is a terrorist".

The ICJ on Monday has listened to the arguments from India and Pakistan.

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.

But India has denied he was a spy, and last week lodged a protest at the ICJ in The Hague accusing Pakistan of "egregious violations of the Vienna convention".

Dr Faisal said spies do not have right to counsulor access and India has not produced evidence in favour of Yadav in the court.

He termed the Indian claim that it was denied consular access baseless.

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The present situation, Salve said before the court, was grave and that is why India had sought its indulgence.

Salve said, "The execution of the death sentence can not be done while this court is hearing the appeal".

The former Indian Naval officer was arrested in March previous year and had been given death sentence by a Pakistani Military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

Islamabad has also not replied to a visa application by Jadhav's parents to Pakistan to visit their son.

United Nations committee against Torture raised concerns over military court systems in Pakistan.

Counsel Khawar Qureshi, who represented Pakistan at the ICJ, sought the "dismissal" of India's application, saying that there was "no urgency" because the clemency process would take 150 days.

He said India did not express any reaction on use of fake Passport by its citizen. We have a long border with India where millions of people reside.

But, the MEA's joint secretary Deepak Mittal told the court in opening remarks, "Jadhav has not got the right to get proper legal assistance and the right to consular access".

"India's allegation regarding the kidnapping of its spy is not true and he [Jadhav] was arrested by Pakistani forces from Balochistan", he maintained.

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