India objects to ICJ about abusive Pakistan

The Hague: India on Wednesday strongly objected to the abusive language used by Pakistan’s counsel in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice, urging the UN court to draw a “redline” to prevent its repetition. Harish Salve, the former solicitor general of India while presenting India’s case before the ICJ, drew the court’s attention to the abusive language used by Pakistan through its counsel Khawar Qureshi on the second day of the hearing.

The language echoed in this court… perhaps this court may lay down some redlines. The transcript is peppered with words such as shameless, nonsense, disgraceful, arrogant… India takes exception to being addressed in this fashion in an international court. Indian culture prevents me from using similar language…

“India strongly objects to abusive language of Pakistan’s counsel,” Salve said as the International Court of Justice began the second round of public hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. He said that the criticism of a sovereign state must be in a language consistent with the dignity of other states.

“Humpty-Dumpty has no place in this court,” Salve said. He said that “when you are strong on law you hammer the law, when you are strong on facts you hammer the facts and when you are strong on neither you hammer the table… Pakistan has hammered the proverbial table. India has hammered facts”.

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