ICJ order is an indication Pakistan believes in international order based on rules and laws

Following is the public statement of Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi former member of PTI Chairman Advisory Committee and Central Tarbiyati Council:

Pakistan’s principled decision to pursue Kulbhushan case in ICJ, despite the lack of jurisdiction, was a clear indication that we believe in an international order based on rules and principles. We had an option to abstain from pleading the case but we chose to pursue the ethical, moral and legal route to strengthen international multilateral institutions. India, on the other hand, believes in state-sponsored terrorism to hurt almost all her neighbors. India has been flouting the international rules which are indicated by its decision to unilaterally violate Indus Water Treaty. Pakistan’s choice of appearing at ICJ is also a slap on Indian claims that we do not respect international rules and order.

Pursuing Kulbhushan case in ICJ will provide us an opportunity to highlight Indian state sponsorship of separatists and terrorists in Pakistan. India has been an irresponsible member of the world community as its senior cabinet members issue regular threats against Pakistan. All these videos and statements should be played out to the international community. It should be made clear that Pakistan will not allow anyone to impinge on its sovereignty as per UN charter and has full faith and confidence in its judicial system to deal with the terrorism crimes committed by Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav.

There is no doubt Indian PM Modi wants to damage Pakistan as is expected. But the real danger to Pakistan is its incapable and inept politician that can go to any length to capitalize on a political opportunity to further their self-interest. The opposition should understand that national interest is beyond politics and instead of creating hurdles for the government they should provide ideas and options. The PML-N government should also act like a democratic government rather than a monarchy and act unilaterally. The issue should be discussed in full detail in the sub-committee on foreign relations in Senate and National Assembly. The legal team should be developed after careful deliberations and ensure that capability and merit are the only criteria used for it.

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