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Opposition criticises govt for ‘mishandling’ Jadhav case

Updated May 19, 2017 07:53am


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ISLAMABAD: Describing the world court’s verdict staying the execution of the convicted Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav as a setback for Pakistan, the opposition on Thursday lambasted the government for what it called mishandling the case, with many alleging that it was result of a covert deal and linking it with the recent visit of Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal’s visit to Pakistan.

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PTI’s Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood has demanded the PM disclose all details of his covert meetings with Indian businessmen Jindal.

In a statement, he raised seven critical questions on the matter and sought explanation from the prime minister. He asked the PM to come to the National Assembly and explain why Pakistan did not appoint an ad hoc judge because it had a right to do so and why the Foreign Office did not take legal advice before initiating correspondence on the issue.

Also why the government had selected a lawyer who had not a single international law case reported from the UK Supreme Court and what was the reason to engage London Queen’s Counsel (QC) who was based in Qatar? He further asked why the government assigned the task to a lawyer who had never argued a case independently before the International Court of Justice and what compelled the government to send a first year associate from Attorney General’s Office instead of AG himself to the ICJ. Seeking an explanation why the government did not submit a written defence before May 15, Mr Mehmood said today’s decision was a clear outcome of the rendezvous of Mr Sharif and his Indian friend Jindal.

Minister cautions against playing politics over issues of national security

The PTI leader stated that questions were frequently raised over the stance of Pakistan on the jurisdiction of the ICJ and added that the impression was gaining ground that the government deliberately adopted an irresolute and fragile strategy in the matter. Dr Shirin Mazari, another PTI leader and an expert on international relations, said she was not surprised by the judgement at all and accused the PML-N government of deliberately playing the game to advance the interests of India. “They wanted the ICJ to give a stay. This was a game which started after Jindal’s visit to Pakistan,” she alleged.

She said acceptance of ICJ jurisdiction should have been withdrawn which was voluntary, but it was not done. She said even if a decision to fight a case had been taken, Pakistan should have gone there fully prepared but regretted that a Qatari lawyer with little knowhow was engaged.

She said the Pakistani legal team supported India on the issue of urgency by saying that Jadhav would be executed in three months instead of explaining the appeal process and review. She said Jadhav was a prized asset for the Indian government as he was not just a spy but a spymaster running his cells.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) while demanding convening of a meeting of the national security committee on the issue of Jadhav has observed that the case in the ICJ has been mishandled.

Talking to reporters, PPP Vice President Sherry Rehman said Pakistan failed to plead its case and the counsel completed his arguments in 50 minutes against the allocated time of 90 minutes. She said Pakistan should have got appointed its ad hoc judge under the relevant rules. She said the opportunity was available till May 10 but was missed out. She said Jadhav’s issue should have been raised at the United Nations General Assembly.

She pointed out that Jadhav was not only an Indian spy but was also involved in terrorism in Pakistan and was arrested from its territory. She said Pakistan wanted peace with India but not at the cost of national dignity.

PML-Q leader Senator Kamil Ali Agha, when contacted, described the ICJ decision as the biggest diplomatic defeat. He said the available options had not been used and asked the prime minister to explain why the case had been mishandled.

He said the ICJ had jurisdiction over the cases where both the parties consented. He noted that Pakistan had the option to stay away from the proceedings. He alleged that the entire drama had been staged as a result of Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with Jindal. Minister of State for Information Marriyam Aurangzeb in a statement however claimed that the case had been fought in the best possible manner and advised the opposition not to play politics over the issues of national security.

She ruled out any compromise on national security and said the ministry of law was minutely examining the ICJ verdict. She pointed out that Jadhav had confessed to be an Indian spy and terrorist.

Published in Dawn, May 19th, 2017


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javed May 19, 2017 08:02am

The govt. of PML-N is not mishandling this case. It is following International Law.

Chacha May 19, 2017 08:42am

Shameless government, misery for Pakistan

SATT May 19, 2017 08:49am

What these political parties will do if he walks scot-free to India.

سے Sajed سید May 19, 2017 09:21am

Opposition is playing their usual dirty, getting over the ruling party-political game.

Amit May 19, 2017 09:38am

Gracefully accepting a verdict is a sign of a progressive society. I have not seen any comment from anyone from Pakistan side that shows those characters.

Dexter May 19, 2017 09:45am

The least opposition could do is stand wid govt on such issue.

INSANE May 19, 2017 10:13am

Jadhav drama will continue for quite some time. It is easy for anyone to criticize after the event.

Khan May 19, 2017 10:17am


Plans are likely ...

anand singh May 19, 2017 10:33am

Why is everyone blaming the Govt? Since Govt of Pak(Pindi) & not GOP(Islamabad) calls the shots & Jadhav was tried in a Mil court the Judge Advocate General should have been sent to The Hague.

After all as is evident Mil Law takes precedence in Pak over civil law.

VECTRA May 19, 2017 10:44am

I think opposition parties involved instead of blaming civilian govt should blame military for these mess as they were the one who claimed Kulbhushan as a spy,they were the one who claimed proofs are there and they were the one who sentenced Jadav to death without even asking NS govt.So the responsibility to take the blame lies with military.Govt is just bystanders.

The end is near May 19, 2017 10:50am

Thats the reason the whole nation stands with PTI and fully supports them.

AKKS May 19, 2017 10:52am

One of the Pakistan Bar Council executive members said today that the success rate of Pakistan in international arbitration cases was 2 per cent while India’s success rate was 60 per cent.

Historically, Pakistan's track record in ICJ is dismal! So opposition's allegations regarding the lawyer is not valid! Please don't try to fool ignorant public!

AKKS May 19, 2017 10:53am

@Amit, you are right!

raj kumar May 19, 2017 10:59am

Though it is yr internal matter,I have a small query,why people are so afraid to put the blame where it squarely lies.i as an outsider has seen repeatedly thru years,the very flawed decision's are taken by someone else and always the civilian governments are in the line of fire.I am no fan of Mr NS but no prime minister worth his salt can make a deal like the one being mentioned above.

Somnath May 19, 2017 11:03am

Everybody in Pakistan is passing sweeping statements such as Jadav is a terrorist, spy, spymaster, etc. without providing any evidence. Only thing we've heard so far is that he had two passports. That too is not verified by any independent source. You may claim that he had 100 passports, but these rethorics don't stand a chance in the court of law.

Muneer May 19, 2017 11:03am

@javed .It is not mishandling the case or following International law,government of Nawaz Sharif is using both to compromise the Natinal Security of Pakistan and make the country a laughing stock in the world.

Shaheen May 19, 2017 11:07am

@Amit The problem is that respect for judicial system comes with maturity, which comes after people,systems and institutions mature in a democratic setup. Unfortunately, none of that has happened in this country, while judicial system is a mere tool in the hands of the establishment -which can be unleashed on anybody by those in power. Consequently, what is meted out in the form is justice is random judgements which do not pass the test of international judicial standards.

Nitin May 19, 2017 11:08am

What a shame , like Dawn leaks everyone in Pakistan is looking for a scapegoat instead of looking at hard facts , why not question security agencies? Why have they failed to provide pakistan legal team any evidence apart from a confessional video? Which is not permissible in any decent court in the world .

Indian May 19, 2017 11:08am

An INDIAN SPY MASTER entering Pakistan with INDIAN PASSPORT- that too through Baluchistan which has been highlighted by Pakistan Army as the Area where Indian Agencies are wrecking havoc- has to be a BIG JOKE. ............................ If he was a SPY of any sort, he would not be carrying INDIAN PASSPORT while going into Pakistan through Baluchistan.

ali ahmed May 19, 2017 11:24am

Civilian has no role from the arrest to appointment of Lawyer ...

Kabeer May 19, 2017 11:40am

@javed "The govt. of PML-N is not mishandling this case. It is following International Law" Yes PML government did not mishandled the case it was already decided between Modi and Nawaz Sharif that's why in March PML Government accepted the jurisdiction of ICJ and that's why Government lawyers did not invoke the clause "I" of ICJ convention it was all pre-planned

Muneer May 19, 2017 11:44am

@javed ICJ is not about provision of justice to people of the world.Had it been justice would have been given to people of Palestine,Kashmir. Afghanistan,Iraq,Syria and Libya etc.ICJ is a tool of exercising the political power game of the West.Nawaz Sharif is using International law to further his own vested interests and that of foreign powers behind him.This is being done at the cost of National Security of Pakistan of which unfortunately he is the PM.

Kabeer May 19, 2017 11:45am

@ali ahmed "Civilian has no role from the arrest to appointment of Lawyer ..." then why Civilian has recognized ICJ jurisdiction in this March only ?

Kabeer May 19, 2017 11:48am

@AKKS "Historically, Pakistan's track record in ICJ is dismal! So opposition's allegations regarding the lawyer is not valid! Please don't try to fool ignorant public!" the why Government went to ICJ and recognized its jurisdiction only in last March there is something very serious behind all this drama public want to know about the exact deal behind this humiliation ?

Vallabh Patel May 19, 2017 11:49am

You had no case... What was Kulbhushan's crime ? Illegal entry in Pakistan @ max. Whatever confession he has given, can not be treated as evidence as it was taken in captivity. You can not hang person just on suspicion. If you have any evidence, bring it in open. No body would have argued.
So my point is neither Govt nor opposition parties have clearly understood the case.

Muhammad May 19, 2017 11:50am

@Dexter "The least opposition could do is stand wid govt on such issue" Why opposition should stand with government when government has already made a covert deal with the arch rival India ?

Bob May 19, 2017 11:56am

@anand singh , Well said brother. When he was sentenced by a military court, why the hell civilian lawyers are fighting his case in ICJ. Their real face would have been there for the international community to see.

MOAB May 19, 2017 12:03pm

ICJ Zindabad .......Truth will always prevail over evil...

MOAB May 19, 2017 12:04pm

NO consular access. Unfair trial. ......

PAMNANI - INDIA May 19, 2017 12:50pm

The only crime Mr. Jadhav has done is that he is an Indian. If he were of other country's citizen, he would have been freed.

KRIS May 19, 2017 01:00pm

We may not agree on the ICJ verdict. But can't we all agree that this man deserves due process? If the case against him is iron clad as is made to believe, why was he prosecuted in secrecy? Let's have the proceedings in a civil court and let all the facts come out in the open.

SK May 19, 2017 01:11pm

Does any Pakistani know why Consular access was not given to Jadhav. It would not have affected his case, if he committed the crime?

Shivaji May 19, 2017 01:21pm

Every politician of the each country are bound with not to play politics over the issues of national security. Having such politician tarnishing the image of country. Every country has his own pride to protect the national security.

Abhi May 19, 2017 01:25pm

Again started with conspiracy theories..please start accepting realities and stop attaching the word conspiracy with everything....

Asif May 19, 2017 01:36pm

I think we should ask these all questions to some other "institution" which is looking very carefully. This could not have happened without it's consent.

Muhammad Usman May 19, 2017 01:46pm

This case should unite us. All suggestion should be given to lawyers and help them make strong case for Pakistan.

Parvez May 19, 2017 01:55pm

The government did not mishandle the case..... it handled it brilliantly to achieve the result it wanted.

Azmeen May 19, 2017 01:58pm

Why everyone is putting in his/her share in dramatizing the situation. Please care about Pakistan and Pakistani people.

Hameed May 19, 2017 02:17pm

@SATT He will be to Modi on a silver platter.

Netizen May 19, 2017 02:18pm

The level of Pakistan's expertise in Legal system is exposed to the whole world.... Another embarrassment in the world arena. Great work... Congrats......

Puneet May 19, 2017 02:19pm

I think people of Pakistan have a responsibility to see that an innocent person should nit be held and punished if not Guilty. People of Pakistan should at least question the authenticity of this case. This will help dealing similar cases in both countries in future.

Laeeq Ahmed May 19, 2017 02:37pm

May this is deliberate by our PM and got a good business deal in return.

Puneet May 19, 2017 02:49pm

If Somebody has done a mistake by capturing and has given sentence to him, It should be accepted and corrected. This will show some maturity. The two countries have lots of big issues to resolve. The Nation should correct the mistakes immediately.

mUMTAZ SHAH May 19, 2017 02:55pm

Shame that both nations are unable to find a path of Peace after 70 years. Biting each others like kids.

Being sensible, from India May 19, 2017 03:02pm

@Indian Absolutely right... I wish our Pakistani friends will give this a thought. Why would an Indian spy be carrying two Indian passports on him in person, when discovery of even one passport can land him into trouble ? He did not come through the immigration counter into Pakistan anyway.

I strongly oppose any kind of interference into another country's affairs. So even Kulbhushan Yadav is proved guilty, he needs to be punished as per the laws of Pakistan.

However, citizens of both countries are fed lot of nonsense by the politicians and other government agencies. We need to apply rational thought.

Other side of the moon May 19, 2017 03:05pm

Asma Jahangir has raised valid and basic concerns, as per the case, India's argument is that they were not allowed Counselor access and even His mother is not allowed to meet him. India has not challenged about his conviction yet. which seem to be fair ask, not only ICJ, any one would agree with Indias argument. Pakistan standpoint is whether does it come to ICJ jurisdiction. I dont know about, I dont want to base on this. Pakistan is kind of caught in self ego here, or may be want to send a strong message to India rather considering only Jadhavs case alone. Pakistan has shown only the statement and raised having two passports, however, it is not revealing any other details. from outside, it looks Pakistan has taken this lightly till now and had hidden agenda and whereas India is very sure about Jadhavs case mostly and hence had the courage to go to the ICJ. Finally, it would be good to go case by case.

PAMNANI - INDIA May 19, 2017 03:08pm

The correct aim of consular access be understood by Pakistani authorities for justice.

Dia May 19, 2017 03:11pm

@سے Sajed سید Nothing at all ...

BAXAR May 19, 2017 04:07pm

@Bob "Their real face would have been there for the international community to see." This is the purpose of it all: so that the real face is seen, at least by the national community.

BAXAR May 19, 2017 04:10pm

@SATT "What these political parties will do if he walks scot-free to India." What they always do. Nothing.

BAXAR May 19, 2017 04:13pm

@Dexter "The least opposition could do is stand wid govt on such issue." That requires the govt to stand on any issue to start with. Opposition is doing the best it can: nothing.

Razeem from Pakistan May 19, 2017 04:14pm

@SATT And He will, wait and watch

vikas gupta May 19, 2017 04:18pm

Where was your national dignity when you let Raymond Davis fly?

A Proud PaKISTAN Citizen May 19, 2017 04:55pm

I as a responsible citizen of Pakistan feel that Government should provide necessary counsellor access to Jadhav and conduct the fair trial....After all we are humans and not wild animals.

Jay May 19, 2017 04:55pm

@Amit : Best comment !!

The other side of moon May 19, 2017 04:57pm

@Indian you are right.

Dharma May 19, 2017 04:57pm

@PAMNANI - INDIA well said

Abdulla Hussain May 19, 2017 05:10pm

@javed: What International Law are you talking about. Why Pakistan did not seek justice for Kashmiris.

Desi bhai May 19, 2017 05:16pm

Everything which goes wrong for Pakistan is blamed on the ruling government playing politics. It's about time polical parties should stop blaming each other and give statement based on evidence, not emotions.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad May 19, 2017 05:17pm

Yes, they have mishandled the case in many ways.

Prada May 19, 2017 05:24pm

Shame on these opposition parties. At a time and issue on which we should unite and support the govt and our lawyers fighting the case they are busy in political point scoring. The case is not closed and there is no final verdict yet. These parties need to grow up. PPP govts didn't even have the guts to accept Indian involvement in balochistan or with TTP.

Omar May 19, 2017 05:24pm

@Indian - No they caught him from Silicon Valley where he was working on some FINTECH stuff with the Americans while carrying his dual Indian and American passport....

Lahori kid May 19, 2017 05:34pm

@javed, Pardon me Mr. Javed, you are siding with the government who can't even follow their own countries laws.

Sachin May 19, 2017 05:49pm

Send Jadhav case to civilian courts. Send all evidence to civilian courts. Give consular access. Why is all this so difficult ? India is not asking him to be released free of any charges.

indian May 19, 2017 06:11pm

Pakistan need to review the process adopted for punishing Jadhav, instead of blaming anything else.

Sidhart May 19, 2017 06:36pm

@Muneer if you don't​ trust International institutes why do Pakistani keep referring to UN resolution on Kashmir? UN and ICJ is double edge sword. Many disputes have been resolved through intervention of UN and it's organisations. Recently, India accepted verdict of PCJ in its maritime dispute with Bangladesh, though the decision was in favour of Bangladesh and against India.

The other side of moon May 19, 2017 06:43pm

@Omar it is not that he has not done anything wrong but may be what Pakistan portraying is wrong. He is definitely guilty of illegal entry but other claims seem to be suspicious but investigated. I am kind of sure India is damn sure about jadhavs case otherwise it would not gone to ICJ. And Pakistan not being revealed any strong witness of him in terrorism also suspicious.

Truth May 19, 2017 06:43pm

Government shouldn't caution, it should act.

Mahmood May 19, 2017 06:46pm

@Somnath If you were aware of the passenger and aicrfaft traffic capacity, gates, cargo, and hangers planned by Dubai government for the existing Dubai Airport and Dubai World Central near Jebel Ali, than you can be certain that PIA has no chance of survival, much less be aligned with either of the Gulf Carriers.

With the bad reputation of PIA, do you seriously see anyone wanting to co-brand their existing successful world-recognized brand like Emirates, combined with PIA? And what does PIA has to offer that these carriers don't have - besides scandals, rude staff, poor service, older aircraft, corrupt management and not even one single aircraft engineering company in Pakistan of international caliber.

Maxx May 19, 2017 06:48pm

Chances of ICJ staying any capital punishment or execution is very strong and almost 100%, initially, the reason is death sentence is perceived as brutal, inhuman and against human rights in Europe and all of European Community has abolished the death sentence.

So Pakistan need to get away from ICJ verdict by citing the jurisdiction clause or act like US and Germany...who went with the punishment even with ICJ verdict against them.

KollanS May 19, 2017 06:49pm

Even if one agree he is a spy and he was holding two passports - is that a crime that deserves death penalty? Nobody showed any evidence that supports Mr.Jadav engaged in terror activities.

Inam ali essex May 19, 2017 06:53pm

it's simple Jadhav is is spy, raw agent, his been cought red handed inside Pakistan, with false passports and terrorist materials. Obviously he and Indians are not going to omit to this, at any cost. however at the end of the day he will get punished by the military courts. sorry

ROHIT PANDEY May 20, 2017 03:36am

@A Proud PaKISTAN Citizen Thank you. That is what an average Indian wants to hear. Regards.

Abdul muqtadir May 20, 2017 05:16am

its good that due process is being followed.This is the sign of Democracy prevailing in Pakistan.

Murtaza H. May 21, 2017 10:40am

@SK 'Does any Pakistani know why Consular access was not given to Jadhav. It would not have affected his case, if he committed the crime?'

and you are asking this to a people who thrive on conspiracy theories, where the national past time is to blame external agencies for all their woes! where everything can be hidden under the garb of security concerns and national interest. With a fake democracy in place, we are not a open country yet.