Something really interesting happened at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) here during the hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Ahead of the hearing, Deepak Mittal, who is representing India in the retired Navy officer’s case at the ICJ, ignored the handshake gesture by Syed Faraz Hussain Zaidi, Counsellor of the Pakistan Embassy in the Netherlands as Adviser.
Deepak Mittal, who is the head of the Pakistan division in the Indian external affairs ministry, offered a ‘namaskar’ instead.
There is increasing strain in Indo-Pak ties in the aftermath of the Jadhav episode and the beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army.
On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. On May 9, the highest court in the UN gave Jadhav a lease of life.
India, in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.
India has denied that he has any connection with the government.