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Kulbhushan Jadhav's Case Hearing At ICJ To Resume Today

Jadhav, 47, is on death row in Pakistan after the country's military in a secret trial in April found him guilty of espionage and terrorism.

Kulbhushan Jadhav's Case Hearing At ICJ To Resume Today
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Kulbhushan Jadhav's Case Hearing At ICJ To Resume Today
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2017-09-13T10:11:18+05:30

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will on Wednesday resume the hearing in the former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav case, .

Jadhav, 47, is on death row in Pakistan after the country's military in a secret trial in April found him guilty of espionage and terrorism.

Pakistan's interior minister on Tuesday said Islamabad was effectively pursuing Jadhav's case at the International Court of Justice as it was a proof of India's intentions to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, according to a media report.

Minister Ahsan Iqbal said Jadhav's case was a proof of India's intentions to sabotage the $50-billion CPEC through terrorism, The News International reported.

He said the CPEC was a result of unprecedented friendship between China and Pakistan. "Nobody can reverse it, it will succeed at any cost," he was quoted as saying in the report.

Pakistan claims it arrested Jadhav in March last year from its restive Balochistan province, where the CPEC culminates at the deep-water Gwadar Port.

But India maintains Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

India challenged the verdict in the UN top court, which on May 18 asked Pakistan to not execute Jadhav before they decide the case.

In its arguments before the court on May 15, India had expressed its fear that Pakistan could execute Jadhav even before the court gave its verdict.

Both India and Pakistan will make their submissions before the ICJ.

Speaking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash hoped that the Indian government will succeed in bringing back Jadhav to India.

"India will make every effort to see that Jadhav is released from Pakistan's illegal detention. He has been sentenced to death by the court of Pakistan without even a hearing and without providing an opportunity to him to put forth his point of view. However, the Indian effort to secure his freedom has delayed the judicial process in Pakistan, and I am sure in the coming hearing the Indian government will succeed in bringing back Jadhav to India," he said.

BJP leader Rahul Sinha also expressed hope for justice in the matter.

"The court will take its decision. We should not comment on it. The matter is in the court and we hope that we will get justice," he told ANI.

(With agency inputs)

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