ICJ orders Pakistan to stay Jadhav execution

ICJ orders Pakistan to stay Jadhav execution

In a big diplomatic win for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague Thursday stayed the execution of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan till it takes a final decision on the matter.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said any reporting on the interim order of International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jhadav case should be done responsibly.

Jadhav was "an innocent Indian national, who, incarcerated in Pakistan for more than a year on concocted charges. has been held incommunicado. and faces imminent execution", lawyer Deepak Mittal told the tribunal.

"India desperately tried to divert the world's attention by presenting Kulbhushan Jadhav's case from [a] humanitarian angle", Nafees Zakaria, a spokesperson for Pakistan's foreign ministry, said on Thursday.

India had weaved its case around the fact that the neighboring country didn't give consular access to the prisoner.

Jadhav was arrested in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan in March 2016 and Pakistani officials claim he has confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services.

Jadhav reportedly joined India's prestigious National Defence Academy in 1987 and was commissioned as an engineer in the Indian Navy in 1991.

The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017. Addressing a crowed press conference here, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the provisional relief provided by the ICJ is the first step in ensuring justice to Jadhav.

Pakistan does not accept the International Court of Justices jurisdiction in matters related to national security, its Foreign Office said today after the United Nations court stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Rulings by the U.N.'s highest court are final and binding on the countries involved.

According to Radio Pakistan, Aziz maintained that the ICJ did not order Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav, but has merely put forward an opinion.

The global court of justice, sometimes referred to as the world court, is the UN's court for hearing disputes between states. The argument was rejected by the ICJ. Also, India's allegations against Pakistan are related to the terms of the Vienna Convention and hence, ICJ does have jurisdiction, regardless of the 2008 bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan.