Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ to hold public hearings in February 2019

THE HAGUE: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will resume public hearings in a case regarding convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in February next year, Newsone reported on Wednesday.

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The Court to hold public hearings from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 February 2019,” the world court said in a statement.

According to a schedule issued on the ICJ website, India and Pakistan will present their oral arguments for three hours on Feb 18 and 19, respectively, in the first round of hearings.

In the second round, India will present its argument for 1.5 hours on Feb 20 while Pakistan will do the same on Feb 21.

Pakistan submitted its second counter rejoinder before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 17, 2018.

Pakistan gave detailed answers to India’s submissions before the international court of justice (ICJ). The reply was compromised of 400 pages.

The reply was submitted by Foreign Office Director India, Dr Fareha Bugti. This was the first reply by Pakistan in counter-pleading, and overall the second in the case so far, the source added.

On December 13 2017, Pakistan had filed its counter memorial before the ICJ, a world court in The Hague which is looking into the Indian complaint on the conviction of the Jadhav.

It is pertinent to mention that Jadhav, who was arrested in 2016 by Pakistan Military from Balochistan, faced trial of subversive and espionage activities against Pakistan, followed by hanged to death verdict by the Military courts.

The Indian authorities have called the execution verdict against Jadhav as sham and appealed to International Court of Justice to put stay on the death verdict and sought Pakistan consular access for Jadhav to contest his case in civil courts.

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