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PM tells envoy Pakistan and USA need to strengthen ties

PM tells envoy Pakistan and USA need to strengthen ties

Pakistan today accused India of trying to highlight the "humanitarian" aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice to cover up its alleged "subversive activities" in the country.

According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, a legal team headed by Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf will read over the arguments and submit a reply in light of Jadhav's confessional statements.

Zakaria added that Pakistan will submit its counter-memorial to the United Nations court soon, in which it will highlight the acts of espionage and terrorism committed by Jadhav in Pakistan.

On June 16, the ICJ had turned down India's request to give it six months to file pleadings before the court in Jadhav's case.

On April 10, a Field General Court Martial - under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 and Official Secrets Act, 1923 - awarded death sentence to Jadhav for espionage and sabotage.

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned PML-N senior leaders to London for discussions about the party's future course of action especially in the light of the rejection of review petition in Panama Papers verdict against his disqualification and proceedings of Accountability Courts in the corruption references against his family. It took the court almost 10 years to take the decision in the assassination case.

After discussing with both India and Pakistan, President of the ICJ Ronny Abraham asked India to make its submission by September 13.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran. India, however, maintains that Jadhav is a retired naval officer.

Terming the Indian spy's arrest a "big achievement", Bajwa said at the time that Jadhav was directly handled by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief, the Indian National Security Adviser and the RAW joint secretary. "There can be no clearer evidence of Indian interference in Pakistan".