THE HAGUE — India on Monday accused Pakistan of misusing the Global Court docket of Justice for propaganda as the highest UN court docket began a four-day public hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to demise through a Pakistani army court docket on fees of espionage.
India, all over the primary day of the listening to, based totally its case on two vast problems ― breach of Vienna Conference on consular get entry to and the method of answer.
“It’s an unlucky case the place the lifetime of an blameless Indian is in danger,” ex-solicitor basic Harish Salve, who was once representing India, stated.
“Pakistan’s tale is simply in accordance with rhetoric and no longer information,” he stated, including that Jadhav’s persisted custody with out consular get entry to will have to be declared illegal.
“There’s no method of doubt that Pakistan was once the use of this as a propaganda software. Pakistan was once sure to grant consular get entry to directly,”
He stated India had despatched 13 reminders to Pakistan for consular get entry to to Jadhav, however Islamabad is but to accede.
Pakistan claims that its safety forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March three, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.
On the other hand, India maintains that Jadhav was once abducted from Iran the place he had industry pursuits after retiring from the Army. Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a pointy response in India.
Throughout the listening to, Salve stated Pakistan filed the FIR virtually a month after the arrest of Jadhav.
“In April 2016 and FIR was once registered in opposition to Jadhav. In Would possibly 2016, Jadhav was once interrogated, and India despatched reminders for consular get entry to throughout Would possibly, June, and July,” Salve says.
“India reminded Pakistan for consular get entry to – 13 reminders had been despatched – however to no avail,” he stated.
“Pakistan embarrassed to expose fees in opposition to Jadhav,” Salve stated.
Pakistan didn’t tell Kulbhushan Jadhav of his rights, he stated.