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Pakistan and the curious case of Hafiz Saeed

18 July 2019


The day the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague ruled in favour of India that former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s trial under espionage and terror charges in Pakistan violated international law, Pakistan also decided to move against Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. It underscores the tremendous pressure Pakistan is under at the moment on multiple fronts and its desire to get out of the global isolation that it has been facing now after years of sustained diplomatic campaign by India.On a day that the world’s highest court questioned the very fundamentals of Pakistan’s ability to uphold basic legal norms, Pakistan was forced to acknowledge that its years of fudging on supporting terrorism and extremism might have run its course.


Harsh V. Pant
Professor Harsh V Pant is Director, Studies and Head of the Strategic Studies Programme at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Defence Studies and King's India Institute as Professor of International Relations at King’s College >>


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