ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said on Saturday that Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal's visit to Pakistan was a private one and it had nothing to do with Kulbhushan Jhadav's case.
Conducting a media briefing in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz rejected the perception that Pakistan had reacted hastily with regard to Kulbhushan Jhadav's case. He said that the International Court of Justice's verdict regarding the Indian spy had not at all changed Pakistan's position on the issue.
"Kulbhushan was sentenced according to the law and constitution," he said. "The International Court of Justice has given no order to grant consular access to Jhadav," he added.
Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan's case was still strong and that a stay order on the execution was a normal decision in the International Court of Justice. He said that Pakistan would appoint an ad hoc judge in the International Court of Justice.
"The decision would have been the same even if an ad hoc judge had been there," he said.
Sartaj Aziz said that to hire barrister Khawar Qureshi as Pakistan's lawyer was a collective decision. He said that Pakistan only had five days to prepare for Kulbhushan Jhadav's case.
"Even the ex-Indian judge said that India had made a mistake by going to the International Court of Justice," he said.
Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan would now have an opportunity to expose Kulbhushan Jhadav's activities on a global platform. He said that it was not ethical to speak on national issue for the sake of political purposes.
Published in Pakistan
Story first published: 20th May 2017