Kulbhushan Jadhav's case should not be politicised: Pak NA Speaker

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In this connection, they drew attention to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement on Thursday that India would leave no stone unturned to save Jadhav, who has been framed by the military establishment in Pakistan on concocted charges.

The ICJ, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, stayed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, citing that both - India and Pakistan - were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible.

According to the report, Khawar Qureshi will continue to represent Pakistan in the court.

Pakistan alleged that the former Indian Navy officer was involved in spying and terror activities in Balochistan.

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Calling the ICJ stay on Jadhav's execution as an "unfavourable" outcome, the PTI has raised a series of questions, seeking an explanation from Sharif on the Indian response on the Jadhav issue.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan government came under attack from the opposition for "mishandling" the Jadhav's case and two opposition leaders linked the weak defence put up by Pakistan at the ICJ to a meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal.

She is said to have closely monitored the developments at The Hague-based ICJ when lawyers from India and Pakistan appeared before the court on Monday and when it delivered the verdict Thursday.

"Pakistan would be perfectly within their rights to appoint an ad hoc judge", a leading Indian legal expert, who did not want to be named, told Hindustan Times.

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In an exclusive chat with APP, senior worldwide law and constitutional expert Mian Muhibullah Khan Kakakhel said that this was a temporary decision of ICJ and the final decision was yet to be announced.

Minister of State for Information Marriyam Aurangzeb, however, said the case was fought in the best possible manner and advised the opposition not to play politics over issues of national security.

Jadhav can challenge his death sentence in an appellate court till the end of Saturday.

Pakistan, which announced the sentence on Jadhav on April 10, claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

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This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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