Islamabad: Pakistan ruled out any deal with India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and said that any step taken to implement the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling will be according to its Constitution only. The remarks made by Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal came a day after Pakistan Army had said that various legal options for review and reconsideration of the case were being considered. Faisal said, "There will be no deal…all decisions will be as per local laws.”
"Speculations for amendment in Pak Army Act to implement ICJ verdict regarding Kulbushan Jadhav are incorrect. Various legal options for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered. Final status shall be shared in due course of time," Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Gafoor tweeted. In July this year, the ICJ, by a vote of 15-1 in the Jadhav case, upheld India's claim that Pakistan is in egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on several counts. The world court had ordered Islamabad to carry out an effective "review and reconsideration" of his conviction.
Jadhav, 49, was purportedly "arrested" from Balochistan by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, after he allegedly entered the country from Iran as claimed by Islamabad. India has rejected Pakistan's allegations about Jadhav's involvement in spying and subversive activities and said he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar where he was running a business. In April 2017, a field general court martial (FGCM), a secret military court which had tried Jadhav on charges of espionage and subversive activities in Pakistan, sentenced him to death. His appeal against his conviction was also rejected by the army’s appellate court, prompting New Delhi to take Jadhav’s case to the ICJ.