In order to curb the menace of terrorism and to capture terrorists and those who are supporting them and avenge them, Pakistan conducted a number of operations on its land. All terrorists that have been captured during these operations have one thing common in their statements that their group is receiving funding from India and that an Indian agent is commanding their leaders where to attack. The last terrorist that reconfirmed this statement was Tehrek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan who was arrested in 2017. Pakistan security forces during these operations also arrested a number of Indian spies of various ranks. One such spy of high rank, Kulbhushan Jadhave, was arrested during an intelligence based operation in Baluchistan in 2016. Kulbhushan Jadhave during custody acknowledged his involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The statement was recorded and broadcasted on media by Pakistani government. The Indian spy was later-on trialled and sentenced death. On this Indian government knock the door of ICJ (International Court of Justice) which suspended death penalty of the Indian spy and demanded both countries to submit their pleadings.
India’s Pleadings In ICJ
India on September 13, 2017, submitted its written pleadings in Khulbhushan Jadhave case in ICJ in which she blamed Pakistan for violating Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963. In Vienna Convention both countries had agreed on consular access to a detained national of one country in another country.
Pakistan’s Pleadings In ICJ
Pakistan submitted its pleadings in Khulbhushan Jhadave case in International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague on December 13, 2017. Pakistan in her counter-memorial has highlighted that under Vienna Convention, consular access is allowed only to ordinary detained person while Khulbhushan Jhadhave is not an ordinary person. He is an Indian Naval Serving officer and while entering Pakistan through Iran, he had intention of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. Similarly Jhadhave during custody has also confessed his involvement in terrorist activities in which dozens of innocent people have been killed. Likewise the 2008 bilateral agreement on consular access “clearly states that granting consular access to spies would be the prerogative of the host government”.
According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, India like always is trying to distract ICJ from real issue, which is that an Indian spy has been arrested red-handed and has confessed his and Indian intelligence agency ‘‘Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)’’ involvement terrorist activities in Pakistan.