Islamabad (Staff Report): International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no jurisdiction over national security matters, said Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Nafees Zakaria and added that the decision to challenge the jurisdiction of the ICJ was taken after consultation with all the institutions and agencies.

While addressing a press conference shortly after the ICJ ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision, Nafees Zakaria said India did not give a positive response to Pakistan’s request regarding access to Jadhav’s accomplices.

Talking about the Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice, he said Pakistan’s reply [to the court] was submitted in line with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention, explaining that Pakistan, in some issues, does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICJ.

Zakaria said that according to the pact’s Article six, the matter of consular access lies solely on the merit of the case.

Zakaria said India weaved a humanitarian angle in the Indian-spy Kulbushan Jadhav’s case to divert the world's attention from his real actions: fomenting terrorism inside Pakistan.