Kulbhushan Jadhav case at ICJ: Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf Ali to represent Pakistan
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Attorney General, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, declares the case of Pakistan to the International Court of Justice against the national Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The development came after Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has been criticized for its “mismanagement” of the case and for its election of Khawar Qureshi based in Britain as a lawyer.
The ICJ, on May 18, suspends the execution of Jadhav.
The Attorney General said the country’s defense against the ICJ case from India was prepared by the government in consultation with all interested parties, including the military establishment, he told Geo TV. He also rejected criticism of why Pakistan has accepted the jurisdiction of the World Court.
Referring to Pakistan’s statement in March 2017, under ICJ jurisdiction, Ausaf said the current propaganda on the subject was out of place.
“The correct position is that Pakistan has signed an unconditional declaration to accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in September 1960. In March 2017, we made a statement of exclusions, reservations and conditions,” Ausaf said.
He said that the original declaration in 1960 was without reservations and exceptions. Pakistan before March 2017 a binding ipso facto jurisdiction (for the fact itself) of the ICJ was signed.
“We had become signatories of a declaration of submission to jurisdiction, without exception, in September 1960.”
In March 2017, he said, Pakistan has established security servers, particularly on the security of Pakistan for the first time. He explained that in this case, the ICJ is not seen in this regard.
“The Optional Protocol invokes the ICJ, with powers and competence to resolve conflicts between member states.”
“If we had to withdraw that statement, we should return to the declaration of 1960, which gives jurisdiction, without exception,” he argued.
The television station also reported that Qureshi had paid £ 50,000 for the case. However, the Indian lawyer accused a rupee for his services.