Pakistan will take Kashmir to ICJ, Justice Katju

SRINAGAR: Former Supreme Court judge who had a newsy tenure at Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju believes India did a mistake by taking the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). His observations, which he posted on his Facebook wall, have triggered a literal war within the followers.

“People are gloating over India’s victory before the International Court of Justice regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Justice Katju wrote. “My own opinion is that it was a serious mistake for India to go to the ICJ on this issue, as we have played into Pakistan’s hands, and given it a handle to open up many other issues. In fact that is why it seems that Pakistan did not seriously object to the jurisdiction of ICJ.”

“Now it is certain that Pakistan will approach the ICJ for deciding the Kashmir dispute, and it will then hardly lie in our mouth to object to the jurisdiction of ICJ, since we cannot blow hot and cold together,” the former judge believes. “Pakistan must be very happy that we went to the ICJ over a single individual’s fate, as now they can raise all kinds of issues, particularly Kashmir, in international fora, to which we had always objected till now. By going to the ICJ we may have opened up a Pandora’s box.”

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