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Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case: Foreign Minister, DG ISPR and experts laud ICJ’s verdict

With the ICJ rejecting India’s case for the release of spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and accepting Pakistan’s verdict on the case, DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor and media analysts lauded and congratulated Pakistan for its victory in maintaining a stronger stance in court against India.

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Major General Asif Ghafoor, director general Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), declared on Wednesday that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had accepted Pakistan’s version on Kulbhushan Jadhav and rejected the Indian appeals. He was speaking to a private TV channel when he noted the ICJ has accepted the stance of Pakistan that Jadhav traveled to Pakistan on an Indian passport. Similarly, foreign minister and political commentators also offered their opinion on the verdict and lauded it. It has been maintained that Pakistan has successfully defended its position and has managed to win the case.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday found that India’s submission pertaining to the acquittal and release of Kulbhushan Jadhav could not be upheld. According to the ICJ, the conviction and sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav were not to be regarded as a violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.

General Ghafoor congratulated the nation on the rejection of both India’s appeal for the release of Jadhav and the annulment of the sentence given by the military court. He also noted that it’s a success for Pakistan how its version was accepted in hearings which were convened on a short notice.

Commander Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan. This is a victory for Pakistan.

Moreover, DG ISPR said that India had raised five points in the ICJ and almost all of them were overturned by the International Court of Justice in its verdict. “ICJ’s judgment to not release Jadhav is a big victory for Pakistan,” he added.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi termed it as a victory for Pakistan and to clear up any confusion regarding the convicted spy’s custody said that he shall “remain in Pakistan” and be “treated in accordance with the laws” of the country. “Commander Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan. This is a victory for Pakistan,” he mentioned.

International Lawyer and founder of Courting the Law, Taimoor Malik, in a series of tweets provided a useful summation on the case, highlighting that the matter had been “left to Pakistani courts”.

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry congratulated the nation on “a great outcome”. “Apparently news reports from Hague suggest that not only the Indian case for acquittal, release, return stands rejected but apparently [International] Court also upheld Jurisdiction of [Military] Court in the #Kalbhushan case. Indeed a great outcome. Congratulations to Pakistan legal team for putting up [a] great fight,” he tweeted.

Read more: ICJ rejects plea to send Jadhav back to India

India, on the other hand, is celebrating the verdict which is for many political analysts and legal experts premature. Since the fate of commander Jadhav is to be decided by the Pakistani courts as per the domestic laws. Authorities have irrefutable evidence to get Jadhav convicted in any court of law.