FM Qureshi says ICJ ruling on Jadhav case vindicates Pakistan's stance

12:34 AM | 18 Jul, 2019
FM Qureshi says ICJ ruling on Jadhav case vindicates Pakistan's stance
ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday welcomed the ruling of International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav case which vindicated Pakistan’s stance regarding involvement of a serving Indian army officer in the espionage and terrorist activities in the country.

Addressing a press conference after the ICJ announced its findings at the Peace Palace The Hague, the minister said today’s ruling had not accepted Indian stance and its pray for the release of its spy.

Congratulating the nation, Qureshi said he felt great satisfaction over the ruling which "is a victory for Pakistan".

Pakistan, he said, had emerged triumphant in the case which was a moral moral victory. The ICJ's findings were "suitable" and "a welcoming decision", he added.

The minister said Pakistan was a responsible country, which had adopted responsible attitude. On a short notice, it appeared before the ICJ and accepted its jurisdiction, and indicated to respect its decisions.

Qureshi said the findings were also an implicit recognition and acceptance of Pakistan’s stance regarding Jadhav’s involvement in the espionage and terrorism activities to which he had also voluntarily admitted.

He said in its ruling regarding review and reconsideration over the case, one thing must be taken into notice as the court held ‘by means of its own (Pakistan) choosing’ implied that Pakistan would itself decide over it.

The ICJ had expressed its confidence in the justice and legal system of Pakistan, which was also an implicit acknowledgement, he added.

The minister said India had approached the ICJ by claiming that Commander Jadhav was innocent and false allegations were leveled against him so he should be released immediately.

He said after conviction, Jadhav had different legal forums available in Pakistan, he could have filed his review, he could have approached the high court and then the apex court, and after availing all those forums, he could have moved a clemency appeal. But instead, the Indian side approached the ICJ.

The minister said it was interesting to note that the ICJ had not annulled the military court’s conviction and sentence handed over to Jadhav.

He said the ICJ’s findings were ‘a pleasant commentary on Pakistan’s legal system’ which was a comprehensive one.

A serving naval officer was arrested after traveling on an authentic Indian passport, so where his trial would be held as the Army Act was clear on it, he said, adding the Indian Army Act had the same procedure; he said the customary laws were applied to the arrested spy.

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


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
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 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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