Source : The Economic Times
Pakistan cited articles written by Karan Thapar and Praveen Swami in the ICJ to claim Jadhav was a spy of India. Articles were carrid in Indian Express and Frontline. Some Other articles written by certain columnists are also used by Pakistan against India.
Citing articles published in Indian news papers to hit back at India in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhshan Jadhav case, Pakistan today insisted that the Indian Navy officer was a “spy” and Jadhav was an “instrument of India’s official policy of terror”.
Responding to India’s argument on Monday, 18 Feb 2019, Pakistan’s representative lawyer Khawar Qureshi said: “India is living in a wonderland. It is sitting on a weak wall of lies just like Humpty Dumpty and on one day will have a great fall.”
To support its arguments, Pakistan cited articles written by Karan Thapar and Praveen Swami in the ICJ to claim Jadhav was a spy of India. Pakistani quoted an article allegedly written by Karan Thapar in The Indian Express in 2017, where, Pakisan said Thapar questioned the stand of Indian government on Jadhav. Pakistan also quoted another article allegedly written by 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.
In its arguments, Pakistan also cited a speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to say that he has been on record to have suggested using water as a weapon against Pakistan.
Questioning India’s motives, Qureshi asked “How can India demand consular access when it did not confirm Jadhav’s nationality? India has also failed in putting up justifiable arguments on his retirement date.”
Pakistan also said that Jadhav was given responsibility to spread destruction in Pakistan by Ajit Doval, India’s National Security Advisor. “Pakistan has violated Vienna convention and Jadhav’s custody in Pakistan should be declared unlawful,” eminent lawyer Harish Salve argued during a four-day public hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.
Salve pointed out to the court that not only Jadhav has been denied consular access but no credible evidence has been provided by Pakistan to show his involvement in any act of terror.