Pakistan on Thursday said that "no deal" will be made death-row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav's case and all decisions will be taken in accordance with the Pakistani laws while "honouring" the verdict of International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Addressing a weekly press briefing, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said, "All the decisions about Kulbhushan Jadhav will be made in accordance with the Pakistani laws while honouring the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case. No deal will be made on the issue."
Faisal's remark comes a day after the Pakistan Army rejected media's claims that a special amendment is being brought to allow Jadhav to file an appeal in a civilian court. Reports also claimed that "various legal options" for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered.
Calling the reports "incorrect", Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Gafoor took to Twitter and wrote:
Speculations for amendment in Pak Army Act to implement ICJ verdict regarding convicted Indian terrorist Cdr Kulbushan Jadhav are incorrect. Various legal options for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered. Final status shall be shared in due course of time.— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) November 13, 2019
In July this year, the ICJ, by a vote of 15-1 in the Jadhav case, upheld India's claim that Pakistan is in egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on several counts. The world court had ordered Islamabad to carry out an effective "review and reconsideration" of his conviction.
Jadhav was purportedly "arrested" from Balochistan by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, after he allegedly entered the country from Iran as claimed by Islamabad. India has rejected Pakistan's allegations about Jadhav's involvement in spying and subversive activities and said he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar where he was running a business.
(with ANI inputs)