Vienna : Post the sensational Pulwama terror attack in which as many as 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed, Indian diplomats ignored handshakes with their Pakistani counterparts at the International Court of Justice (ICJ); the former preferred to say Namaste with folded hands, instead.
International Court of Justice
Indian Diplomats showed a curt Namaste instead of shaking hands.
Dipak Mittal, joint secretary, MEA, was also seen similar posture in front of Pakistan’s Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan. A trace of slight bitterness in India-Pakistan relationship was in the air.
Kulbhushan jadhav case at International Court of Justice
Reports said MEA joint secretary Dipak Mittal and Venu Rajamonyon (India’s envoy to the Netherlands) he refused to shake hands with Pakistani officials. In May 2017, senior Indian diplomats had offered a curt ‘namaskar’ to the Pakistani delegation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) during the hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Jadhav’s case hearing at International Court of Justice
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 first approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017, for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 by Pakistan in which they repeatedly denied it and refused to release Jadhav from jail.