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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan says it does not accept ICJ’s jurisdiction

As India celebrated ICJ’s decision in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Pakistan responded by saying that it does not accept the UN court’s jurisdiction in matters of national security. Pakistan’s attorney general said that the recent order by ICJ does not change anything in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case. Responding to the decision taken by ICJ, a statement from the office of Pakistan’s attorney general said, “We are determined to pursue this case to its logical end.” Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also shared similar views when he said, “We do not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in matters related to the national security of the country.”

Zakaria also said that Pakistan will provide solid evidence related to Jadhav’s involvement in espionage activities. It may be recalled that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today ordered Pakistan not to execute Jadhav till the court announces its final decision in the case. ICJ has however rejected Pakistan’s argument that the court does not have any jurisdiction in the matter. The court agreed with India’s concerns on the matter, since Pakistan has not provided any assurance that Jadhav will not be executed till a final decision is taken by ICJ.

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