PTI blames PM Nawaz for ICJ stay on Jadhav execution

Published: May 18, 2017
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PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Hours after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a temporary stay on the execution of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) issued a statement blaming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the ‘unfavourable’ outcome and asked him to clear his position in parliament.

Raising suspicions over the recent meeting of Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal with PM Nawaz, PTI Central Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood on Thursday made a demand for the premier to disclose all details of his ‘secret’ meetings with Jindal, who is known to be a friend of Indian PM Narendra Modi.

In the statement, the PTI has raised a series of questions, seeking an explanation from the incumbent prime minister on the Indian response on the Jadhav issue.

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“PM Nawaz should appear before the house to explain why Pakistan did not appoint an ad hoc judge as it had a right to and why the Foreign Office did not take legal advice before initiating correspondence on the issue,” Shafqat Mehmood questioned.

Last week, India had challenged Jadhav’s sentence in the ICJ after a military court sentenced him to death in April. No date has been set for his execution. Jadhav is a former Indian navy officer who was arrested in Balochistan in March 2016.

The PTI also sought further explanations from the PML-N government. “Why the government has selected a lawyer who has not a single international law case reported from the UK Supreme Court and what was the reason to engage London Queen’s Counsel (QC) who was based in Qatar?”

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As if they are not enough, the PTI official went on to press the premier to clarify why his government assigned the task to a lawyer who has never argued a case independently before the International Court of Justice and what compelled his government to send a first-year associate from the Attorney General’s office instead of AG himself.

Seeking a reply on why the government did not submit a written defence before May 15, Shafqat Mehmood said, “Today’s decision is a clear outcome of the rendezvous of Nawaz Sharif and his Indian friend Jindal.”

He added, “The impression is gaining ground that the government deliberately adopted an irresolute and fragile strategy in this matter.”

Pakistan at the ICJ

While criticising PM Nawaz, the PTI leader argued, apprehensions regarding the ICJ decision came true. “Secluded decisions, shrouded national security and defence policies are lethal for the country.”

He went on to say that the national security, defence and foreign affairs demand more subtlety and austerity. “Consultation and national consensus on issues of sensitive nature can abate vulnerability.”

Earlier, taking to Twitter following the ICJ order, PTI’s senior leader Dr Shireen Mazari also hit hard at the PML-N government, claiming she had already known what the outcome of the today’s judgement would be.

She also tweeted:

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Vectra
    May 18, 2017 - 10:34PM

    I think PTI is unnecessary blaming Nawaz Govt.they should blame Pakistan Military instead as they are the one who handled the case recklessly and brought shame.Civilian Govt is just bystanders.Recommend

  • Sean
    May 19, 2017 - 5:37AM

    @who so ever is involved, he will be hanged, PM or Jindal can’t save him.Recommend

  • Muneer
    May 19, 2017 - 7:06AM

    Nawaz Sharif government cannot defend and protect Pakistan and its national interests.It has compromised the National Security.Recommend

  • Prashant
    May 19, 2017 - 7:32AM

    It is wrong to blame the civilian govt of Pakistan for ICJ verdict. If PTI were in power, they also have to face ICJ verdict. Trial in Military court has not provided lawyer to Jadav.No scientific evidence against him available. Only self confession. We did trail of Ajmal Aamir Kasab in our civilian court & provided him a lawyer too while Pakistan never accepted officially that he was a Pakistani nationalRecommend

  • ALI
    May 19, 2017 - 7:48AM

    PTI blames everyone that’s nothing new and the same old stuff.Recommend

  • Sabi
    May 19, 2017 - 7:51AM

    Until the verdict the same mindset was praising Pakistani lawyers for defeating India in ICJ and now!Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 19, 2017 - 8:00AM

    @Vectra:
    You are 100% correct. In fact, civilian government itself has very little information on this. It was the army that got him in their custody and has been keeping him in their custody all through. It was the military court that convicted him and civilian government knows very little as to what charges were filed on him, the witnesses that the army courts interrogated, the evidences that they examined and how the proceedings in the army court were conducted. In fact, Gen. Bajwa said it in the seminar that it was the army that arranged the lawyer to represent Pakistan at ICJ. I would say that the lawyer who represented Pakistan in the ICJ followed the instructions given to him by the army and there was very little Input from the civilian government as they themselves knew very little only. Both sides had 90 minutes each to present their side at ICJ. India used its full time effectively but Pakistan’s lawyer finished his arguments in just about 50 minutes. Do you know why? It was because he kept the remaining 40 minutes to show the video confession of Kulbubshan to ICJ and discuss on the video. ICJ disallowed this video and he had to finish his arguments with 40 minutes of time left not utilized That video was army’s production and they thought that it was admissible evidence of the highest degree.
    Many analysts and so-called experts are saying on Pakistan’s TV channels are saying that Pakistan is not obliged to abide by ICJ’s verdict. They are saying that if Pakistan does not comply with the verdict, India”s only option will be to take it to UN Security Council and China will use its veto power to reject India’s complain. Little do they know that, China will not allow Pakistan to reject ICJ verdict. The reason is that, very soon China itself will be going to UN on claims on its investments, interest and assured returns on CPEC contracts and would not set a precedent for Pakistan that would hurt China itself.Recommend

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 19, 2017 - 8:22AM

    @Vectra:
    Right, “‘bystanders”‘ in the enviable position of minting money by doing nothing.Recommend

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