Pakistan Thursday indicated that it could take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) following the footsteps of India which took the matter of death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to the world court. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at the weekly media briefing whether Pakistan would take Kashmir issue to the ICJ.
Instead of saying a direct yes or no, he indicated that the issue was being considered by the legal experts. “Regarding taking the matter of Jammu & Kashmir to ICJ, it is a complex legal problem. The Attorney General is working on the matter and may update in due course,” he said in response to a question.
Faisal said Pakistan was doing its utmost to highlight the issue of Kashmir to the international community.
“Pakistan has held numerous conferences with reference to the Jammu & Kashmir dispute, particularly since the July 8 martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani,” he said.
“Let me assure you that the Government of Pakistan is doing its utmost to highlight the issue of Jammu & Kashmir to the international community, and call upon India to stop its massive human rights violations, including killing, dishonouring, maiming and blinding of innocent and defenceless Kashmiris.”
He said Pakistan had offered a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on purely humanitarian grounds and Indian request to allow his mother to meet her son was being considered.
“India has requested that the mother may be allowed to accompany the wife. The Indian request is under consideration,” the spokesman said.
Faisal also criticised Indian policy of selective issuance of medical visa to Pakistanis as “regrettable”. “This is not a gesture of compassion but cold blooded politicking under which individuals are picked at will for political mileage,” he said.
Faisal also said US Secretary of Defence James Mattis was expected in the next few weeks and the diplomatic channels were working on mutually convenient dates for this visit. He also said Pakistan repeatedly highlighted that Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamatul Ahrar, Daesh (ISIS) and other terrorist groups were having sanctuaries in Afghanistan and are involved in terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.
He said Taliban chief Mullah Fazal Ullah, the mastermind and perpetrator of the Peshawar Army public school, is hiding in Afghanistan and also alleged that India’s intelligence agency RAW was using Afghan soil against Pakistan.
He also said Pakistan was deeply concerned over the conviction of six members of Jamaat-i-Islami in Bagladesh.
A three-judge panel of Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-BD) yesterday handed down the capital punishment to the six members of the Jamaat-e-Islami, including a former lawmaker, for committing crimes against humanity and siding with the Pakistani troops during the 1971 Independence war.