The United Nations court, formally known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), is hearing the case pertaining to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer who was arrested in Pakistan on charges of espionage. The hearings come amid rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours following the heinous Pulwama attack. While India had asked for annulment of Jadhav’s conviction by Pakistan’s military and his release from custody, Pakistan asked the ICJ to dismiss India’s plea.
Indian lawyer Harish Salve demanded the release of Jadhav saying he was denied access to consular assistance, in breach of an international treaty, and not allowed to choose his own defense lawyer at trial. He also said that Jadhav’s court martial “hopelessly fails to satisfy even minimum standards of due process and … should be declared unlawful.”
On its part, Pakistan’s counsel called India’s demand for acquittal, release and return as “outlandish”. Accusing India for using the top UN court for “political theatre,” Pakistan’s attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan argued that Jadhav was an Indian spy sent to Balochistan to destabilise the country. The charges leveled by Pakistan against Jadhav include running a network “to carry out despicable terrorism and suicide bombing and targeted operations to create unrest and instability in the country.”
Pakistan’s representative lawyer Khawar Qureshi said that even if the UN court found that Pakistan breached an international treaty on consular relations, Jadhav should not be released and demanded a review and reconsideration of his convictions.
To make its case stronger and support its arguments, Pakistan also cited articles written by journalists Karan Thapar and Praveen Swami in the ICJ to claim Jadhav was a spy of India.
Quoting Karan’s article in The Indian Express in 2017, Pakistan questioned Indian government’s stand on Jadhav. They also quoted Praveen Swami in Frontline magazine in January 2018, in which Pakistan said Swami had claimed that Jadhav was indeed on an espionage mission in Pakistan.
Soon after this, netizens also reacted:
— Rohit Kateliya (@RohitKateliya1) February 19, 2019
ये न्यूज़ ट्रेडर 10 जनपथ की हड्डी मुंह मे लिये हुए हैं क्या?
— रामजी (@AkhaiP) February 19, 2019
— d_phoenix (@ManuMathisuthan) February 19, 2019
Aise dost ghar mei rahte hain toh dushman ki kya zaroorat!?
— Accidental Gandhi بیوقوف گاندھی” چور ہے” (@ClownPrinceG) February 19, 2019
#KaranThappar deserve one Thappad from every Indian, and a big kick from behind for the kind of crimes he has committed against India,
— ReClaimIndiaYogiRaj ரீக்ளெய்ம் இந்தியா யோகிராஜ (@DeadIsAlive3) February 19, 2019
These people are real enemies of india. These urban naxelites are always helping pakistan and trying to destabilize india.
— Lekshmi Nair (@LekshmiNair999) February 19, 2019
How much these anti nationals try to harm me , they cannot . I have the blessings of ganpati baba . They can’t touch me , am confident of @narendramodi . He will get me back .
— kulbhusan jadhav (@kulbhusanjadhav) February 19, 2019
What is wrong? The scoundrels have their own standards and most of our MSM will fit into that category!
— Rajan Guruswamy (@rajangs301) February 19, 2019
Time is running out for those who laughed at, mocked,vilified Indian nationalist mainstream. They will pay with their career, privileges, Pre eminence in public life heavily. People like wily Rajdeep S has already smelled d change n r on a correction course
— manoj kumar mishra (@FalkonMkm) February 19, 2019
Both these journalist should b picked & put behind the bars for going against their own country. A lesson should b taught #Lutyens
— Baleysh Maloo (@baleshmaloo) February 19, 2019
Karan Thapar is just tip of iceberg
Siddhu’s Nasru’s Barka’s Deep-raj Nidi’s etc….. are on their payroll giving them cover fire all the time#PulwamaTerroristAttack #ImranKhan #BikaooBollywood #BoycottKapilSharma #BadalRahiHaiKashi #ShivajiMaharaj #karanthapar
— GK Singh (@GKSINGH8R) February 19, 2019
नुपुर जी का निशाना पाकिस्तान परस्तो पर जिसके कारण भारत जैसे विशाल देश को झूठा साबित करने की कोशिश की जा रही हैं…
हाफिज सईद….बरखा दत्त
इमरान खान… नवजोत सिंह
पाक लोयर ICJ….करन थापर,प्रवीन स्वामी & The quint
पाक मिडिया… मणिशंकर अय्यर
— Manish Pareek (@Seemanish2005) February 19, 2019
There is more to it. They were in fact Pakistan sponsored articles. A thourough probe is required if they are beneficiaries in any way.
— Gopalakrishnan (@gopalakrish) February 19, 2019
Shame on these guys Praveen Swami, NDTV, Quint and Karan Thapar
— kgopz (@kgopz) February 19, 2019
Pakistan had claimed that Jadhav was arrested from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. Pakistan had denied consular access to Jadhav saying that that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its “spy”.