WHAT'S HOT - ANALYSIS OF RECENT HAPPENINGS
International Court of Justice Decides in India's Favour
Hague yesterday decided in favour of India on the Atlantique issue and
confirmed that the case is beyond its
jurisdiction. It may be recalled that on 10 Aug 99 as the last flash of
the Kargil war, two MIGs-21 of IAF with their R-60 missiles had
downed one maritime ASW Atlantique aircraft of Pakistan Navy, for crossing
into the Indian air-space in the Rann of Kutch area, disregarding the ground
station’s and MIGs’ warnings. The Atlantique was able to get back into
Pakistani air-space before hitting the land but its debris was found both
within Indian and Pakistani territory giving enough proof that it was
snooping over Indian air-space. All 16 naval personnel including the crew
were killed. The Atlantique is equipped with radars, EW equipment,
torpedoes and Exocet missiles to attack submarines at sea but is a sitting
duck for fighter planes. There is a mutual agreement between India and
Pakistan to remain outside 8 km distance from each others' airspace, but this
was not observed during Kargil War.
had filed for a claim of US$ 60 million as damages against India with ICJ.
The credit for this legal and moral victory fully goes to India's Attorney
General Soli Sorabjee whose argument that as both Pakistan and India are
members of the Commonwealth, the case could not be tried at ICJ, was upheld
14 to 2 (Pakistan and Jordan) by the learned judges. IDC's kudos to him.