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ICJ stays Pak death sentence to Jadhav

ICJ stays Pak death sentence to Jadhav

Reading the court's decision, presiding judge Ronny Abraham said, 'the Government of Pakistan shall inform it of all measures taken in implementation of that Order'. "It is in the interest of justice and same in accordance with law", Choudhary told ANI.

Baglay said Jadhav's mother had sent a petition and appeal through Indian courts against a Pakistan military court's order to hang Jadhav and hoped Islamabad to give him consular access anytime now. She also said that the union government is grateful to Harish Salve for presenting India's case so effectively before ICJ. India based its case on the Vienna Convention rather than on a 2008 agreement on consular access between India and Pakistan, he said.

In a major boost to India, which has moved the UN's highest judicial body against the death sentence, the ICJ instructed Pakistan to take all "necessary measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it.

Though India and Pakistan are signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977, New Delhi's request for access to Jadhav was denied 16 times. On April 10 this year, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to death. "Jadhav has openly admitted to being a Research and Analysis Wing agent and to being involved in sabotaging peace in Pakistan".

The Hague rejected the Pakistani argument that ICJ had no jurisdiction to hear the case and asserted that the proceedings will be carried out.

"India did not give consent to the Kashmir issue going to ICJ, then why did Pakistan give consent to the Jadhav case?"

The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017.




Jadhav had been apprehended by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan on charges of terrorism and spying.

His statement was in conflict with that of the foreign office which said Pakistan does not accept ICJ's jurisdiction in matters related to the national security.

"ICJ has only granted formal stay on the death sentence of Jadhav", he maintained.

Yesterday, International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav till its final decision.

The case - a rare foray for the two South Asian nations into the worldwide courts - has highlighted the recent sharp upsurge in tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan, in turn, had argued that the 46-year-old Indian national was a spy and India's plea was "misconceived".

The Finance Minister, who is in Srinagar to attend the two-day GST Council meeting, said the order issued by the ICJ at The Haque was a vindication of India's stand.


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