Pakistan nominates ex-chief justice in Jadhav case in ICJ

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Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to recommend the appointment of former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as an ad-hoc judge to the International Court of Justice to hear the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Officials said that names of Jillani and senior lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan were sent to the office of the Prime Minister for final approval.
“The Prime Minister after due consultations decided to appoint Jillani as an ad-hoc judge,” government sources said.
Jillani was appointed as chief justice in December, 2013 and remained at the post till his retirement on July 5, 2014.
The decision to appoint Jillani as an ad-hoc judge came as Pakistan started the process to file its plea in response to Indian memorial submitted with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on September 13 against the conviction of Jadhav.
The ICJ had asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings. According to the Foreign Office sources, attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali yesterday presided over a meeting of law experts and officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other departments concerned to discuss the line of arguments in the ICJ.
Meanwhile, Ausaf told the Dawn that they have decided to hold weekly meetings in order to review the situation and “to finalise Islamabad’s point of view and convert it into an appropriate rejoinder to India’s allegations”. He said they were in touch with relevant stakeholders, including Khawar Qureshi who had pleaded Pakistan’s case at the initial stage, to formalise a robust reply refuting all allegations levelled against Pakistan.