Amidst the tensions with Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack, MEA joint secretary Deepak Mittal snubbed Pakistan’s AG Anwar Mansoor Khan during the proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case held on Monday. The two countries were attending the hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Before the start of Jadhav’s case hearing, Mittal ignored the handshake offered by Khan and went for a Namaste with folded hands instead.
The move clearly reflected the mood of the nation in the aftermath of the terror attack that took the lives of over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. The horrific incident took place when an explosive-laden SUV drove into a bus carrying jawans. The Pulwama attack is also considered to be the worst attack ever and one of the biggest militant attacks in Kashmir in the last two decades.
Speaking of Jadhav’s case, he was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism back in April 2017. India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May the same year, challenging the verdict. It also said that ‘Pakistan has provided no credible evidence to show Jadhav's involvement in any act of terrorism’.