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Kulbhushan Jadhav Case:India Using World Court For 'Political Theatre',retorts pak

India is using the International Court of Justice for "political theatre", Pakistan said today at a hearing at The Hague, hours after the Indian team said there is an "immediate threat" that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav will be executed by Pakistan even before a decision of the world court.

"We don't see the merit in a state which sends a spy and is seeking access to a tool for terror," Pakistan said, calling India's appeal on Mr Jadhav "unnecessary and misconceived".

Earlier in the day, the Indian legal team led by former solicitor general Harish Salve had made its arguments.

India took up the issue of consular rights to its national and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention and conducting a "farcical trial" without a "shred of evidence".

New Delhi also demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav's death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the ICJ hearing was over.

A Pakistani official said India had been provided with a copy of Mr Jadhav's passport when he was arrested and had been unable to explain the Muslim name.

Eleven judges heard both countries at the open hearing at the Great Hall of Justice in the Peace Palace in The Hague.

It is after 18 years that an India-Pakistan dispute is playing out in the world court.

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