India’s legal representative at the ICJ, Mr Harish Salve is a known face in India. The Pakistani representative may not be anywhere close to Mr Salve in terms of legal potential, but he was also hired by the Indian Government before. WION News has found that the Congress led UPA Government had hired Pakistan origin UK lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004. He was reportedly recommended by law firm Fox Mandal for the Dabhol case.

Qureshi recently argued for Pakistan at the ICJ. India’s credible news anchors referred to him as a man with a London accent and an individual lacking in legal capacity. The Sonia Gandhi led UPA Government hired Qureshi to represent India in the Dabhol power project case, Enron had made a $6 Billion claim against the Government of India, the case went to arbitration.

In 2004 when the UPA government came to power they changed the legal team and hired Qureshi. Qureshi was unfortunately representing the Indian Government.

An article from 2004 in The Lawyer states that Serle Court chambers’ lawyer Khawar Qureshi had been appointed as counsel for the government of India. A host of UK firms had been invited to take India’s case. A spokesperson from the previous law firm had said: “Following the appointment of the new Attorney General, the entire legal team, including the Indian advisers, was replaced.”

Meanwhile, the other side was represented by New York law firm Simpson Thacher and Barlett. The UPA government had hired Qureshi on India’s behalf, choosing to ignore the mightiest Indian legal brains. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress national spokesperson said that Qureshi was an independent barrister and even Indian lawyers were engaged by Pakistan. Singhvi said that it was a ‘non-issue.’

Source & Credit: Wion & DNA


Alok Shetty

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