‘Pakistan shot itself in the foot’: Report in Pak media after ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav
The Decision Of ICJ yesterday to put a stay on Kulbushan Yadav execution took Pakistan by Surprise as decision was not in favor of Pakistan. As a result Pakistan is facing humiliation on the World Platform.
As soon as the verdict was announced Pakistani Lawyers arguing the case started facing heavy Criticism on their own country. The General belief in the country is that Pakistan Committed a ‘Mistake’ at the ICJ.
Dawn reports that the ICJ order has “caused shock and disappointment in Pakistan.” The ICJ on Thursday stayed the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhsuhan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, pending a final decision in the case. The ICJ also asked Pakistan to take all measures to ensure that Jadhav was not executed till the court delivers its final verdict in the case.
Pakistan Lawyers argued a very week case. The main Argument from the Pakistani side was that “ICJ court had no Jurisdiction in the matter”, While ICJ rejected that rejected the Jurisdiction argument by stating that both the concerned parties are bounded by the vienna convention, Hence ICJ has Jurisdiction in this case. ICJ also said that Jadhav cannot be executed until the final decision of the Court.
A London-based Pakistani lawyer, Rashid Alam said Pakistan was “ill-prepared” and could not use the time properly to present its argument before the world court. Pakistani analyst Zahid Hussain said the ICJ order is “morally” binding on Pakistan, but not legally. Former Pakistan attorney, General Irfan Qadir told Dawn that the country’s lawyers, who argued the case at ICJ, were “inexperienced”.
Pakistani experts now believe that this was a “weak” and “damaging” claim, according to Dawn. Justice (r) Shaiq Usmani of Pakistan told the Pakistani daily, “It’s Pakistan’s mistake to have appeared there. They shouldn’t have attended. They have shot themselves in the foot.”
Pakistan’s advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said his country would form a new team of lawyers to fight Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the ICJ, according to a report by Pakistani’s The Nation.