On the day when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver the verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Wednesday evening, NC chief Farooq Abdullah, when questioned on Pakistan's conduct on the arrested Indian citizen in response said, 'why do you want to jump the gun?'
Speaking over the verdict that comes amidst strained India-Pakistan ties, Abdullah in a cryptic response said that the matter is in the Court and that both sides will present their sides.
He said, "As long as it is the matter of the Court, even I am waiting to see what the International Court of Justice has to say. Why do you want to jump the gun? Whatever the verdict is, we will know today in the Court. They will keep their case ahead, the government of India will put forth their case."
In the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Pakistan has been persistently claiming that its military arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, even as India has maintained that the retired Indian Navy Officer was abducted from Iran. Pakistan has on multiple occasions shared heavily edited 'confession' videos of Jadhav, that seemingly looked scripted in nature. India has also accused Pakistan of mistreating Jadhav, with the evident bruises on his face.
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TIMELINE OF THE CASE:
March 3, 2016: Kulbhushan Jadhav is arrested.
March 24, 2016: Pakistan claims Jadhav is an Indian spy, India rejects the claim and over the following week, demands consular access, which it did again on several occasions subsequently.
April 10, 2017: A Pakistani Army court sentences Jadhav to death for "for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan". India warns Islamabad that it is a case of "premeditated murder". The next day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made statements in both the Houses of Parliament, asserting that India will go "out of way" to ensure justice to Jadhav who is an "innocent kidnapped Indian". India then demanded from Pakistan a certified copy of the chargesheet as well as the judgement in the death sentence of Jadhav and seeks consular access to him.
May 8, 2017: India instituted proceedings in the ICJ against Pakistan's violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963. It asked ICJ to issue provisional measures and issuing immediate instructions to Pakistan to not take any action on the sentence awarded to Jadhav till India's request for Provisional Measures was considered.
May 9, 2017: ICJ called upon Pakistan to act in a way over the pending decision on India's request for Provisional Measures
May 15, 2017: ICJ heard India's request for Provisional Measures
May 18, 2017: ICJ unanimously issued abiding order indicating Provisional Measures requested by India seeking measures to prevent the execution of Jadhav until the final judgment of the Court.
September 13, 2017: India filed its first-round written pleadings
December 13, 2017: Pakistan filed its Counter pleadings
December 19, 2017: India sought 3 months to file second reply
January 5, 2018: Pakistan opposed India's request
January 17 2018: Court accepted India's request and grants three months time each to India and Pakistan to file second round of reply
April 17, 2018: India filed its second reply in the ICJ
July 17, 2018: Pakistan filed its second round of reply
February 18-21, 2019: Final Oral hearings in the case in ICJ
July 17, 2019: Judgement in the case in ICJ
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