Pakistan, India to fight Jadhav case as ICJ begins 4-day hearing today

12:05 AM | 18 Feb, 2019
Pakistan, India to fight Jadhav case as ICJ begins 4-day hearing today
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and India are set to fight their legal battle in Kulbhushan Jadhav case as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) begins its four-day public hearing on Monday at The Hague, Netherlands.

ICJ - the principal judicial organ of the United Nations - is scheduled to hear the first round of oral arguments from India on February 18 at 2 pm to 5 pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST) and from Pakistan at the same timings the next day.

The second round of oral arguments will resume for India on February 20 from 6 pm to 7:30pm PST while Pakistan will present arguments on February 21 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm PST.

"Pakistan has gathered strong facts to be presented as arguments before the court to contest the Indian objections," Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammed Faisal, who is representing Pakistan as Co-Agent in Jadhav case, spoke to APP from The Hague on the telephone on Sunday.

Mohammad Faisal said Indian Navy’s serving Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav had confessed before the judicial magistrate for involvement in spy activities linking to terrorism and sabotage in Pakistan.

“This is the manifestation of Indian state involvement in Pakistan’s terrorism-related incidents and Pakistan wants to sentence the culprit in accordance with the law of land,” he said.

Mohammad Faisal said at the Peace Palace - the seat of the Court, English Queen's Counsel Barrister Khawar Qureshi would present arguments from the Pakistan side while Attorney General Anwar Mansoor as Agent would lead the country’s delegation.

When asked whether Pakistan would raise an objection with regard to the ICT’s jurisdiction over the matter, Faisal said he could not reveal anything in that regard as it was a legal argument. However, he added, that details would be made public in a day following the live hearing sessions.

“As the hearing concludes on February 21, judges will take up to two to three months to write the ruling and later issue a verdict after consultation at some time this summer, which cannot be further appealed,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that former Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani will sit in the panel as Judge Ad hoc, earlier appointed by the Government of Pakistan in October 2017 for the Jadhav case. Ad hoc judges are appointed in a case where the state has no representation in the regular panel of judges.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi last week had stated that the legal team of Pakistan was fully prepared to present arguments in the Jadhav case. He also mentioned that Jadhav had confessed his involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan.

Pakistan has maintained that responsibility to punish terrorists lay with the states and it is beyond the jurisdiction of ICJ to hear this case. It has also raised questions regarding the authenticity of Indian passport of Jadhav who travelled 17 times to India with his cover name as Hussein Mubarak Patel.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, in a counter-intelligence operation from Balochistan's Mashkel area. India on May 9, 2017, had invoked the jurisdiction of ICJ following the death sentence of Jadhav announced by Pakistan's military court on charges of espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan.

Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (APPC) - Pakistan's Premier News Agency


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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