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Pakistan says it does not accept ICJ’s jurisdiction on security issues

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New Delhi: File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'. PTI Photo (PTI4_11_2017_000103B)

Islamabad: Pakistan does not accept the International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security, its Foreign Office said on Thursday after the UN court stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying the country has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to the ICJ.

Jadhav (46) was sentenced to death in March by a Pakistani military court and India approached the highest UN judicial body with the plea to stay his execution.


Zakaria said his country “will present solid evidence against the Indian spy in the international court”.

Earlier, Zakaria said India was trying to portray Jadhav’s case “as a humanitarian issue to divert the world’s attention from his role in fomenting terrorism. “After India stood exposed in state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle,” he said.