MUMBAI -Contrary to the popular belief being blown out of proportion in India, a former chief justice of India has stated that the country has committed a mistake by going to International Court of Justice (ICJ) for Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Ex-Indian chief justice Markandey Katju tweeted, “It was a serious mistake for India to go to ICJ on this issue, as now Pakistan can raise all kind of issues, particularly Kashmir.”
In a detailed Facebook post, the chief justice gave another perspective that Pakistan can now move UN’s judicial arm regarding the long-standing Kashmir conflict.
“Pakistan must be very happy that we went to the ICJ over a single individual’s fate, as now they can raise all kinds of issues, particularly Kashmir, in international fora, to which we had always objected till now. By going to the ICJ we may have opened up a Pandora’s box,” he wrote.
‘We have played into Pakistan’s hands, and given it a handle to open up many other issues. In fact, that is why it seems that Pakistan did not seriously object to the jurisdiction of ICJ,” he observed.
Katju opined that after the Kulbhushan’s case Pakistan would approach the International court of justice seeking resolution of Kashmir issue and ‘it will then hardly lie in our mouth to object to the jurisdiction of ICJ’.
Earlier this week, ICJ announced its judgement in Jadhav’s case ordering a stay on the execution and requesting consular access to him.
While Indian media went frenzy celebrating the decision that apparently was in India’s favour, Katju’s observation was ignored.