New Delhi, Oct. 11: Islamabad today invoked a provision of the statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to appoint a former chief justice, Assaduq Hussain Jillani, as its judge ad hoc in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
The case was taken to the ICJ by India after Jadhav, accused of being a spy, was sentenced to death by a military court of Pakistan in April
The ICJ allows a party in a case to nominate a judge ad hoc when the court has no judge of its nationality. Pakistan is not a member of the ICJ's 15-member bench. India is represented by Justice Dalveer Bhandari. Judge ad hoc has the same authority on the Court as any of the 15 members of the ICJ.
On May 19, the ICJ had issued provisional orders staying the execution of Jadhav, a former Indian navy officer. Earlier that month, India had approached the ICJ to seek the annulment of the death sentence awarded by the military court to Jadhav.