In 2018, the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, decided to hold public hearings in the Jadhav case, from February 2019.
The hearings will take place from February 18 to February 21, 2019, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the court, the ICJ had announced.
In July 2018, Pakistan submitted its second counter-memorial to India’s arguments on the conviction of the RAW agent before the world court.
A month later, Qureshi said Pakistan has concrete proof against Indian spy Jadhav and will triumph in the ICJ.
Commander Jadhav was captured in Balochistan in March 2016 and he later confessed to his association with Indian intelligence agency — Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — and his involvement in espionage and fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.
In early 2017, the field general court-martial sentenced Jadhav to death, which was confirmed by Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa. On January 23, 2018, the ICJ gave a timeline to both Pakistan and India to file another round of memorials in the case.
In 2016, Jadhav also confessed his crime to his family during a meeting with his mother Avanti Jadhav and wife Chetna in Islamabad.
Indian media reported, Jadhav “greeted the two women by acknowledging that he was, as alleged by Pakistan and contested by India, indeed an Indian spy and had engineered a spate of terror attacks”.’
According to The Times of India, the family did not expect this reaction from Jadhav to their first meeting in almost two years. The report added that his mother stopped him from confessing to his crimes.
Jadhav met his mother and wife in Islamabad on December 25, 2016 — their first meeting since his arrest from Balochistan on charges of espionage and terrorism.