Indo-Pak Diplomacy: Namaskar versus Handshake at the Hague

The occasion was photographed too as it yet again displayed the frosty ties between India and Pakistan especially aftermath the tension generated following the Pulwama terror attack

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Indian Diplomat does a Namaskar as he refuses handshake offer of his Pakistani counterpart at the Hague
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New Delhi/The Hague: MEA Joint Secretary Deepak Mittal on Monday kept his cool as a diplomat but snubbed Pakistani delegation at the Hague in The Netherlands when he declined the offer of handshake.
The occasion was photographed too as it yet again displayed the frosty ties between India and Pakistan especially aftermath the tension generated following the Pulwama terror attack.
India presented its arguments in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague on Monday as public hearings began in the case.
Deepak Mittal, who is ‘agent’ (of representative) of the Indian government at the ICJ during the trial over Kulbhushan Jadhav met with Pakistan’s Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan but as the latter extended his hand for courteous gesture, Mittal folded his hands in Namaskar.
Mr Mittal had earlier too declined to shake hands with a Pakistani official at Hague.
Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
India had approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017 for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 by Pakistan by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav.
Placing the arguments before the ICJ, senior counsel Harish Salve sought annulment of the Pak military court verdict awarding death sentence to Jadhav and demanded his release from the Pakistan custody

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