Friday May 19, 2017
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Friday said that Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's issue should not be politicised.
"If the [army] chief said that he provided the lawyer [for the Jadhav case] then any criticism directed at him is baseless," Sadiq said.
On Friday, opposition leader Khursheed Shah said that the government should have sent the attorney-general to contest Pakistan’s case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Talking to the media in Islamabad, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader claimed that if Pakistan had a foreign minister, then maybe the outcome [of the ICJ hearing] would have been different.
Terming the ICJ decision [temporarily staying Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution] a “setback”, Shah said the government’s negligence is evident.
The ICJ on Thursday ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings.
"Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings," ordered Judge Ronny Abraham, president of the court, as he announced the decision.
The ICJ rejected Pakistan's stance and stated that the court had jurisdiction and would hear the case and seek arguments from both parties.