Harish Salve charged Re. 1 to fight Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

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A State Department spokesperson said, "We believe India and Pakistan stand to benefit from practical cooperation". His death sentence has become the latest flash point in the India-Pakistan ties.

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

Pakistan's lawyer Khawar Qureshi claimed India has not proved that Jadhav is its national and that consular access can not be given.

ICJ president Ronny Abraham, after hearing arguments from both sides, said that the verdict would be announced "as soon as possible" and the date "duly communicated".

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today denied permission to Pakistan to play a purported "confessional" video of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at a public hearing here.

"India claims Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy'", according to court documents. India could simply have denied that the passport is genuine. The ICJ has stayed the execution while the case is heard.

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 said India "cannot be hostage" to demands by Pakistan for joining the investigation without even granting consular access.

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Jadhav was arrested in the southwestern province of Balochistan past year and Pakistani officials claim he has confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services.

Islamabad has also not responded to a visa application by Jadhav's parents seeking to travel to Pakistan to visit their son. Pakistan has said the conviction and sentence remain open to appeal. India has accused Pakistan of "egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations" (hereinafter the "Vienna Convention") in the matter of the detention and trial of Jadhav.

The UN Committee Against Torture, in its findings published last week, has expressed concerns over Pakistan government "authorising military courts to try civilians for terrorism related offences".

Pakistan's legal team comprises Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE in capacity of an Agent; Mohammad Faisal, DG (South Asia & SAARC) in capacity of an Agent; Syed Faraz Hussain Zaidi, Counsellor of the Pakistan Embassy in the Netherlands in capacity of an Adviserl; Q.C. Khawar Qureshi as the Counsel; Asad Rahim Khan as the Junior Counsel; and Joseph Dyke as the Legal Assistant.

The hearing focused on India's request for so-called "provisional measures" that can be granted at short notice to ensure a dispute between states does not deteriorate during full ICJ proceedings, which typically take several years. We submit that India's silence is telling.

Pakistan claimed that Jadhav has confessed to his crimes.

"India is trying to make its best effort to use the worldwide laws to make sure that Jadhav is not unfairly tried".

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