ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it was fully prepared to face a challenge to the conviction of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
“We are fully prepared to defend the case of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav in the International Court of Justice next year,” Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal told while exclusively talking to Abbtakk News.
He said that a big Pakistani delegation comprises of law experts and representatives of foreign affairs and other ministries will attend the hearing.
The hearing of the case will continue for four days as in the first phase India will present its arguments on February 18 and the second phase on February 19 Pakistan will present its arguments over the case.
The justice retired Tassaduq Hussain Gillani is presenting Pakistan as the ad-hoc judge in ICJ. The ICJ will announce its decision within three to four months after the conclusion of the hearing.
Answering a question about stalled talks between India and Pakistan, he said: “We cannot force any country to negotiate.”
Yadhav was arrested from Balochistan in March 2016 and he has confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services. He was convicted by a military court and sentenced to death.
But India has maintained he is not a spy, and has accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access, as well as breaking international human rights law.