Hopeful of winning Kulbhushan case in ICJ: FM Qureshi

Hopeful of winning Kulbhushan case in ICJ: FM Qureshi

Multan (Staff Report): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed the hope that Pakistan will win the case against Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Talking to media persons in Multan on Thursday, has said that Pakistan has solid evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Qureshi said that Pakistan will present its point of view in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav in an effective manner.

He expressed the hope that Pakistan will get justice in this case.

FM Qureshi’s comments come a day after the ICJ fixed February 2019 for hearing the case of the convicted Indian spy.

Kulbhushan Jadhav , an on-duty Indian navy officer working for Indian covert agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan, after he entered into Pakistan from Iran.

He was tried in a military court which sentenced him to death for espionage and subversive activities.

The Indian side submitted its pleadings to the ICJ on September 13, 2017. The stance adopted by the Indian authorities was dismissed by Pakistan in its counter-pleadings, which were submitted on December 13 that year.

On May 18, 2017, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Jadhav until a final decision was made in the proceedings.

Meanwhile, responding to a question regarding the future strategy of the new government, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan represented the common man’s emotions in his first address to the nation. He said that the PM was fully aware of the problems of a common citizen.

The FM said that the nation should get ready as we will have to take some bitter decisions.

Responding to another question about the Afghan policy, he said Pakistan desires to improve its existing ties with Afghanistan on the basis of mutual respect. He said both countries have rendered huge sacrifices in war on terror.

Shah Mahmood said we will raise the issue of caricatures at the forum of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as it is the best place to highlight the emotions of Muslims.

Moreover, he said the government desires establishing South Punjab province. However, he said the government will take all political parties on board on this issue.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said two-third majority is required for establishing the new province. He hailed the statements of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders Bilawal Bhutto and Qamar Zaman Kaira on this issue.