US Urges India, Pakistan To Talk Directly On Kulbhushan Jadhav Case

US Urges India, Pakistan To Talk Directly On Kulbhushan Jadhav Case

India and Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue to reduce tension, the U.S. urged both the nations as they are facing each other at the International Court of Justice over the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

"I urge the ICJ to ensure that Jadhav is not executed, Pakistan reports to this court that the action (of not executing him) is taken and that no action is taken that might prejudice the rights of India in the matter of Jadhav", Salve said in his over 90-minute presentation.

Earlier, Salve said Pakistan had denied India its 16 requests for consular access.

The two neighbours - who last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft - India took the Jadhav case to the world court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a "farcical trial" for convicting Jadhav without a "shred of evidence".

Senior advocate Harish Salve, who represented Jadhav at the ICJ, told the court that India wants proper legal representation for Jadhav.

"India claims Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy'", according to court documents. India denies that he has any connection with the government. The council cited Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 to challenge ICJ's jurisdiction in the case.

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"I think it presents reasonably strong case for India as to why the court has the jurisdiction over this issue". "India has made innumerable requests since March 2016 for consular access".

Jadhav was awarded the death sentence by a Pakistani military court last month, a year after he was arrested on espionage charges.

The facts presented by India establish the violation of all principles of United Nations charter and Vienna Convention because of the nature of the trial which destroyed any credibility or sanctity of the army court's decision sentencing him to death, he said.

"India is trying to make its best effort to use the global laws to make sure that Jadhav is not unfairly tried". Islamabad also advocated an "expedited hearing which would dispel any suggestion for the need for provisional measures", adding that "Pakistan would be content for the court to list the application of India for hearing within six weeks".

Though Pakistan says Jadhav has the right to appeal, two-star generals will hear his mercy plea, Salve stressed, questioning the impartiality of the process. However, the court said after the conclusion of the proceedings that both parties would be duly notified. We have a long border with India where millions of people reside. We will expose Pakistan after getting the counselor access.

"India's allegation regarding the kidnapping of its spy is not true and he [Jadhav] was arrested by Pakistani forces from Balochistan", he maintained.

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