Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has broken his silence on the shellacking that was handed to his country at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Taking to Twitter the morning after India received a positive verdict at the Hague, Imran Khan has essentially taken refuge in the fact that Pakistan is still in possession of former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and that the ICJ hasn't ordered Pakistan to immediately acquit, release & repatriate him to India.
The Pak PM has attempted to reiterate his country's sham that Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was picked up by Pakistan's ISI while working as a privateer near Iran's Chabahar port and put forth as an Indian spy plotting strife in Pakistan's restive Balochistan region, has deemed Jadhav 'guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan'. Khan's statement is shocking as by decreeing Jadhav guilty, he has upheld the very same conviction, delivered by Pakistan kangaroo military court, that the ICJ wants it to 'review and reconsider.'
The previous night, the Government of Pakistan's official Twitter handle had also attempted to spin the verdict as a Big win for Pakistan:
Pakistan's spin, however, is very far from the truth. In its order, the ICJ 'unanimously' sided with India on eight out of eight counts, ranging from Pakistan's objection to India invoking the world court, to granting India consular access to Jadhav, to upholding the stay on Jadhav's death sentence till a review.
Addressing a press briefing later, India's senior counsel Harish Salve told Pakistan that a repeat of its quasi-judicial antics was unadvisable and even stressed that the court had told Pakistan that legislative measures may also be applied to guarantee a fair trial.
"They've said a fair trial in accordance with Pakistan's constitution. If it is back in military court where outside lawyers are not allowed, evidence isn't allowed, then it's not a fair trial," Salve said.
He continued, "If they don't change their military law, then they're leaving themselves open to an appeal." In his tweet, Imran Khan had said, 'Pakistan shall proceed further as per law', without clarifying what 'law' that would be.