Death sentence by Military Court of Pakistan to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the ex- Indian naval officer, who has been abducted by Pakistan few months ago from Iran shook the entire sub-continent by surprise. It is once again proved that Pakistan, with its alleged ISI and terror links, tries to blame India with its fickle minded tactics. It is not new to Pakistan to play the rouge side of the game when it comes to diplomacy. The hearing in ICJ is scheduled for today.
As per Pakistan’s argument Kulbhushan Jadhav was an ex-Indian navy officer who has been arrested in Balochistan for his links with Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). But the reality lies distant far where he was into business in Iran and was away from his home. He was kidnapped by Pakistan Intelligence sleuths and was sentenced to death by what we call a one-sided judgment by the Pakistan’s Military Court. He was not even allowed consular support which India has requested. He was not even allowed to meet his family also.
After the famous case for flying access to civilian flights over Indian mainland by Pakistan in 1971 in ICJ, there has been no other case between India and Pakistan in the International Court of Justice. Recently after India appealed in the ICJ, it stayed the death sentence to Kulbushan Jadhav by the Pak Military court and ordered for hearing today.
ICJ might take some time to enquire and order for a committee report on the case. This would give a sigh of relief to Kulbushan Jadhav and billion hearts praying for his acquittal. Though Pakistan has no good record in following International treaties in the past, let us see what ICJ decides in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. There are few other options with India, even if Pakistan doesn’t abide by the judgment. India could build pressure from Security Council of the United Nations on Pakistan. The outcome of this case might chart future Indo-Pak relations.