New Delhi, June 17: The Kulbhushan Jadhav case has become the brewing issue these days. Recently, International Court of Justice (ICJ) has asked India to make its submission of the case by September 13. In fact, two days ago Pakistan claimed that ICJ rejected India’s request for more time- 6 months to file its next motion at The Hague court. In the wittiest reply, External Ministry said that India had actually for an early date as possible for it to submit its written statement of facts supporting the case.
However, Pakistan has been asked by the court to complete its submission by December 13 this year. Delegation from Pakistan and India met the ICJ President on June 8 to discuss the timeline of the case of the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court of ‘espionage’.
Pakistan meanwhile tried to give itself a positive spin by saying Thursday that it managed to successfully thwart an Indian attempt to ask the ICJ ask for more time to submit its 'memorial'.
"India had adopted the stance that the matter was one of life and death, but Pakistan had stated that the ICJ is not a court of appeals...The ICJ is supposed to conclude whether or not Jadhav can receive consular access, for which a time period of two to three months is more than enough to file a response," said Pakistan's attorney general to the country's media on Thursday which reported his comments extensively.
"What transpired is timelines were discussed, we submitted to the court for an early and expeditious proceedings and we also pointed out the precedence of the Avena case where four months given to one of the parties to submit its pleadings', said MEA spokesman Gopal Baglay on Friday.
Until then, ICJ will begin hearing only when the two countries submit their ‘memorials/submissions’ and then decide the date.