Influencing ICJ in Jadhav case hearing

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The timing and other factors involving Pulwama incident establish that well planned activity was carried out just to influence the hearing of Indian detained spy Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing case in the International Court of Justice in Haugue. It is evident from the fact that India held Pakistan responsible for Pulwama incident, even before initiating an inquiry.

Some sane voices from the India have also started expressing doubts in this regard because in the backdrop of Pulwama incident, India has tried to mount pressure on Pakistan as well as the ICJ. There is absolutely no doubt that this outburst is an effort to influence minds of judges of the International Court of Justice which is presently hearing the case of Indian secret agent Kulbhushan Jadhav. During Monday’s hearing at ICJ, Indian lawyer accused Pakistan of breaching the rights of an alleged spy who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. He targeted Pakistani military courts saying military courts of Pakistan could not command the confidence of this court and should not be sanctify by a direction to them to review and reconsider the case.

But it is writing on the wall that India cannot mislead world opinion by leveling baseless allegations against Pakistan just to cover up its own brutalities against people of Jammu and Kashmir who are asking for their right of self-determination as promised by United Nations.

Now the international community is quite aware that it has become the habit of the Indian government to immediately put blame on Pakistan for such incidents which are primarily, a reaction against oppressive policies. India cannot manipulate world opinion forever. Pakistan’s one-sided bold action to open the Kartarpur Corridor is a major step towards improvement of relations with India. This is why even the Chinese media has stepped in the situation and pressed on India to stop blaming Beijing and Islamabad for terror attacks. In this connection, a Chinese state-run newspaper has asked India to focus on redrawing its anti-terrorism policy rather than blaming Pakistan without evidence for the Pulwama attack and holding China responsible for blocking efforts to list Jaish-eMuhammad (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist at the UN also without proof.

The writer  Amna Malik is the President, Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Mélange int’l Magazine’ and ‘ The Asian Telegraph

Published in The Asian Telegraph, February 19th, 2019

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