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Trial of Pakistani Prisoners of War (Pakistan v. India)

Overview of the case

In May 1973, Pakistan instituted proceedings against India concerning 195 Pakistani prisoners of war whom, according to Pakistan, India proposed to hand over to Bangladesh, which was said to intend trying them for acts of genocide and crimes against humanity. India stated that there was no legal basis for the Court’s jurisdiction in the matter and that Pakistan’s Application was without legal effect. Pakistan having also filed a request for the indication of provisional measures, the Court held public sittings to hear observations on this subject ; India was not represented at the hearings. In July 1973, Pakistan asked the Court to postpone further consideration of its request in order to facilitate the negotiations which were due to begin. Before any written pleadings had been filed, Pakistan informed the Court that negotiations had taken place, and requested the Court to record discontinuance of the proceedings. Accordingly, the case was removed from the List by an Order of 15 December 1973.


This overview is provided for information only and in no way involves the responsibility of the Court.

Institution of proceedings

Written proceedings

Request for the indication of Interim Measures of Protection

11 May 1973
Procedure(s): Provisional measures
Available in:
English

Oral proceedings

Verbatim record 1973

Oral Arguments - Minutes of the Public Sittings held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, from 4 to 26 June 1973 (Request for the indication of interim measures of protection)
Procedure(s): Provisional measures
Available in:
Original Language

Orders

Order of 13 July 1973

Request for the indication of interim measures of protection and fixing of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
Procedure(s): Provisional measures
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 29 September 1973

Extension of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 15 December 1973

Removal from the list
Procedure(s): Discontinuance
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Press releases

Press release 1973/14
(French version only)

25 May 1973
Affaire relative au Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais - L'audience aura lieu le mardi 29 mai 1973 à 10 heures (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/16
(French version only)

28 May 1973
Affaire relative au procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais - Report de l'ouverture des audiences (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/17
(French version only)

1 June 1973
Affaire relative au Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais - L'audience aura lieu le lundi 4 juin 1973 à 15 heures (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/18
(French version only)

5 June 1973
Affaire relative au Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais - Audiences du 4 et 5 juin 1973 (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/19
(French version only)

14 June 1973
Affaire relative au Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais - Les audiences se poursuivront le mardi 19 juin 1973 (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/20
(French version only)

18 June 1973
Affaire relative au Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais - Report de l'audience publique au mardi 26 juin 1973 (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/29
(French version only)

16 July 1973
Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais (Pakistan c. Inde) - Ordonnance du 13 juillet 1973 (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/33
(French version only)

29 September 1973
Affaire relative au Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais (Pakistan c. Inde) - Report de la date d'expiration des délais pour la présentation de pièces de procédure écrite (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1973/35
(French version only)

15 December 1973
Affaire relative au Procès de prisonniers de guerre pakistanais (Pakistan c. Inde) - Radiation du rôle (French version only)
Available in:
French

Correspondence

Correspondence

11 May 1973
Correspondence
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