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Pakistan plans to appoint ad hoc judge for next ICJ hearing

Pakistan plans to appoint ad hoc judge for next ICJ hearing

Pakistan’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf will lead a team to the International Court of Justice

Pakistan government has decided to hire its ad hoc judge at the next hearing of Jadhav case in International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, Netherlands.

United Nations’ court of Justice is hearing Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav punishment dispute between Pakistan and India. Pakistan’s military court has awarded capital punishment to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav after his confessional statement for ‘fomenting terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi’.

Pakistan’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will lead a team to the International Court of Justice at The Hague on 8 June for a meeting of “agents” from India and Pakistan with the court’s president to discuss the future proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

The decision regarding appointing ad hoc judge was communicated in an in-camera meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security headed by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq.

AGP informed the committee that Pakistan would appoint its ad hoc judge for the upcoming hearing and he would himself lead Pakistan’s team at the ICJ. Ashtar Ausaf also briefed the meeting about the steps Pakistan is taking for its effective defence of the case at the ICJ.

In the parliamentary panel’s meeting earlier, the committee had expressed outright dissatisfaction over Pakistan’s legal strategy to deal with Jadhav’s case at the ICJ.

The ICJ on May 18 stayed the execution of Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of ‘involvement in espionage and sabotage activities’ against the country.

The country’s opposition parties expressed immense dissatisfaction and criticized Foreign Office for its ‘poor handling’ and also for its choice of attorney Khawar Qureshi, who presented Pakistan’s case before the ICJ.

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