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THE HAGUE – After both Pakistan and India celebrated the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the ICJ has revealed the method to break the tie between the two self-congratulatory nations.
The ICJ ruling that was revealed on Thursday states that the tie between Pakistan and India will be broken first by a Super Over, and then, if necessary, on the basis of boundaries to decide the winner.
“In accordance with Article 2020 of the Vienna Convention, ‘all tied verdicts, especially those celebrated by both parties as victories, will be decided by a Super Over between the two parties, and in case both still maintain their triumphant tone, then the one who has violated more boundaries will be declared the victor,’” noted the ICJ in its ruling on Thursday.
While critics dub the ruling controversial, saying that such a high profile contest should not be decided on boundaries, both India and Pakistan are confident that the ruling would benefit them and not the rival.
The ICJ, however, rejected all other remedies sought by India, which included the annulment of the disputed boundaries, also restricting Pakistan from executing more violations by reiterating that only the violations till July 17, 2019 would count.
“The Court notes that India and Pakistan acknowledge that the appropriate remedy in the present case would be effective review and reconsideration should a Super Over fail to decide the match,” the ICJ ruling observed.
Sources within the ICJ have further reaffirmed that the emphasis on announcing the ruling to both parties and publicising it through the media is to avoid any controversies once a victor is announced on boundaries.
Talking to The Dependent, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan said that whatever the final verdict will be acceptable to both parties.
“Although if it goes down to boundary violations, there really is only one winner,” he maint