The Hague:The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has fixed April 17 and July 17 as time limits for India and Pakistan, respectively, for filing of written pleadings by them in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April last year, following which India moved the Hague-based ICJ in May. On May 18, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.
The ICJ authorised the submission of a reply by India and of a rejoinder by Pakistan in the Jadhav case. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. India maintains Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran.