Pakistani, Indian counsels meet with ICJ president, discuss timelines

Published June 8, 2017
Presiding judge Ronny Abraham of France, centre, reads the World Court's verdict in the case brought by India against Pakistan in The Hague, Netherlands, May 18. — AP
Presiding judge Ronny Abraham of France, centre, reads the World Court's verdict in the case brought by India against Pakistan in The Hague, Netherlands, May 18. — AP

Pakistani and Indian delegations held a meeting on Thursday with the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Ronny Abraham to discuss the timelines in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, a press release issued by the attorney general's office said.

The meeting, which was not a hearing as no discussions on the substance or merits of the case took place, also included registrar of the ICJ and other court officials.

The delegation from Pakistan was led by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf and included defence counsel Khawar Qureshi, Director General for South Asia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Faisal and Head of International Disputes Unit in the Office of the AG Ahmed Irfan Aslam.

The ICJ president sought the views of the two parties as to the amount of time they would require to submit their written pleas and supporting evidence, known as memorials. Ausaf urged the court to adopt an expedited timetable with a view for an early hearing of the case.

The timetable will be announced 'shortly' by the court, the statement read.

According to the press release, the AG also informed the ICJ of Pakistan's intent to appoint a judge on an ad hoc basis who will sit on the bench of the court for all proceedings in the Jadhav case.

It said the Indian application seeks "at least release or acquittal" of Jadhav, however, Qureshi ─ Pakistan's counsel ─ made it clear that this request could never be obtained from the ICJ.

The ICJ stated that it "in no way prejudged jurisdiction, admissibility or merits", the statement read.

"​The Government of Pakistan is fully confident that India can never succeed in its application," it concluded.

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