Pakistan opened its case against India at the World Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Monday (4 June).
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THE PRESIDENT: The court meets today to consider the request for the indication of interim measures of protection under Article 41 of the statutes of the Court and Article 66 of the 1972 rules of the Court, filed by the Government of Pakistan on May 11th, 1973, in the case concerning the trial of Pakistan prisoners of war brought by Pakistan against India.
PAKISTANI AM???: Mr. President, Pakistan has always striven to ensure the resolution of all disputes through conciliation and negotiation and -where these means have failed - through adjudication. Our record during 25-years of independence bears testimony to these endeavours. It is in the same spirit and tradition that the Pakistani Government has moved the international court of justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, to adjudge upon the dispute between India and Pakistan.
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Background: Pakistan opened its case against India at the World Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Monday (4 June). It is seeking a ruling to prevent India from transferring 195 Pakistani prisoners to Bangladesh to face trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
The Pakistanis were taken prisoner by India during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan conflict, from which the former East Pakistan emerged as the Independent State of Bangladesh.
India has boycotted the hearing because it feels there is no legal basis for the court having jurisdiction in a dispute of this kind.
The basis of the Pakistani case is that at the time the alleged crimes took place Bangladesh was universally recognised as being part of Pakistan and that therefore Pakistan is the only country empowered to deliver judgment. It also contends that charges concerning war crimes or crimes against humanity are not applicable.
Pakistani Attorney-General Yahya Bakhtiar was his country's chief advocate. The Pakistani ambassador to The Netherlands opened their case after the President of the Court had explained its background.