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India and Pakistan on Monday clashed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the fate of alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav with New Delhi invoking the court's jurisdiction to see that the death sentence against him was annulled immediately.

A State Department spokesperson said, "We believe India and Pakistan stand to benefit from practical cooperation".

We want appropriate legal representation for Jadhav, India told the UN's main judicial body which has stayed his death sentence.

Earlier, Salve said Pakistan had denied India its 16 requests for consular access.

Pakistan could not even complete its stipulated 90 minutes allocated to present its case in response to India seeking ICJ's urgent intervention to save Jadhav from the gallows following a sham trial in a military court in Pakistan. India has also questioned the authenticity of the "confession" video uploaded by Pakistan as proof against Jadhav, saying it was made using methods of torture.

India claims Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from service. India denies that he has any connection with the government.

Qureshi also stressed on the fact that assistance in investigation was a "fundamental requirement" for consular access. "Else, it will be a violation of the Vienna Convention".

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The Indian national, who had been arrested on March 3 previous year and sentenced to death on allegations of espionage and subversive activities, had been framed on the basis of confessional statements extracted from him when he was in Pakistan's military custody, Salve added.

"India is trying to make its best effort to use the worldwide laws to make sure that Jadhav is not unfairly tried".

Islamabad has also not responded to a visa application by Jadhav's parents seeking to travel to Pakistan to visit their son.

The lawyer claimed that India had on September 8, 1974 told the ICJ to exclude itself from its jurisdiction in disputes with Pakistan and from any interpretation and obligation of multi-lateral treaties. He called India's description of the Pakistani military court as a "Kangaroo court" "bizarre".

Salve also pointed out before the court that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by repeatedly refusing to grant consular access to Jadhav and that not providing him with proper legal representation amounted to "miscarriage of justice" and "violation" of Jadhav's right to defend himself from "concocted" charges in a "farcical trial". We have a long border with India where millions of people reside. Dr Faisal said spies do not have rights of counsellor access and India did not produce evidence against Jadhav in the court.

Pakistan's counsel also claimed that his side had submitted to the court names of 13 officials that Jadhav named in his confession video while India did not even submit the whole dossier to the ICJ.


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