Pakistan to change legal team fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ

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On Thursday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed execution of RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death for espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan.

In its order indicating provisional measures, which was adopted unanimously, the Court also stated that the Pakistan Government shall inform it of all measures taken in implementation of that order.

"Pakistan's security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right", Sartaj Aziz said.

After suffering a major setback at the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty case, Pakistan is set to replace the lawyers that represented the country at the World Court, Pakistani media reports said.

The Pakistan's Foreign Office said on Thursday that the ICJ has no jurisdiction over the county's national security matters, which in this instance was the execution of Jadhav. The decision will be read by the President of the ICJ, Ronny Abraham, who was one of the 11 ICJ judges who heard the arguments put forward by the Indian and Pakistani delegations.

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Former attorney general Irfan Qadir said he was shocked by the decision.

The ICJ also directed that consular should be given access to Kulbhushan Jadhav under Vienna Convention.

Pakistan foreign office continues to maintain that ICJ order would not have any impact on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in Pakistan. "I am shocked as to why Pakistan went there and presented their position and gave it in such a rush", he said. "This was a game which started after Jindal's visit to Pakistan", she said. Replying to a volley of questions on India's possible response if Pakistan does not implement the ICJ order, Baglay said the order is binding on Pakistan. As Thursday's verdict of the court in the Dutch city of The Hague shows, Islamabad was clearly outmaneuvered by New Delhi which filed its case under a different provision, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations that requires countries to give access to their nationals arrested overseas by law enforcement bodies.

Having ordered Pakistan not to execute Jadhav, the ICJ will now seek comprehensive submissions from both New Delhi and Islamabad on their respective cases.

Pakistan attended the hearing at the ICJ "because of its conviction that the only way to resolve all outstanding issues is through peaceful means", it said.