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Pakistan misleads its people on ICJ's Kulbhushan Jadhav ruling

Jul 19, 2019

In what can be called as making a mockery of the 15-1 verdict pronounced by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) — that amply reflected vindication of most Indian claims in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case — Pakistani media on Thursday went bombastic, 

echoing their premier Imran Khan's slanted take on the issue.

 Khan, in his tweet, sought to subvert the facts, as he appreciated "ICJ's decision not to not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India."

 "Appreciate ICJ's decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law," said Khan once again showing that Pakistan's government cannot have an independent view of their own.

 The Pak Army had set the tone to appear "triumphant" as soon as the ICJ verdict came on Wednesday late evening by giving bytes reflecting ill founded bravado. The print media followed suit on Thursday.

 Headline of Pakistan Today, English daily published from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, screamed in all caps — INDIA SERVED RAW JUSTICE. The newspaper sought to misreport the verdict, saying that "the ICJ rejected all remedies sought by India, which included the annulment of military court decision convicting Jadhav, restricting Pakistan from executing sentence…"

 Though not reflecting the true sense of the ICJ's decision, well respected newspaper Dawn appeared closest to the truth with its headline saying — "ICJ rejects India's plea for Kulbhushan Jadhav's acquittal, release".

 The Pak media appeared following the military diktat that Pakistan desperately needs to hoodwink its public by giving a false sense of pride to keep itself well entrenched.

 The Pakistani Army had set the tone on Wednesday night itself as its Spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor in his bytes to television channels claimed that the ICJ judgment proved to be "another February 27 for India" thus relating it to retaliatory strikes by Pakistan Air Force a day after India busted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps deep inside Pakistani territory in Balakot.

 In its extensive coverage, Dawn too seemed going overboard to counter the take by the world media by giving an explainer – "Pakistan didn't fail: 5 things you should know about ICJ's decision on Jadhav"

 Incidentally, the newspaper published in the Gulf countries like Gulf News and The Khaleej Times sought to highlight that Pakistan has been asked to review its order and Jadhav's death sentence has been suspended.

 The reports in international press too contradicted perception buold by Pakistan. The New York Times said – "World Court Orders Review of Pakistan Death Sentence for Indian Convicted of Spying" The Guardian, a British daily, said "UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian man accused of spying"

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