Hope good sense prevails and Pakistan frees Kulbhushan Jadhav: CPI

Xavier Trudeau
Mai 20, 2017

He said Pakistan's security is very important to them and they have to maintain it as their fundamental sovereign right.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday unanimouslystayed Pakistan's execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav until it rules on the merits of the case.

The court asked Pakistan to take "all measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav is not executed till a final decision is taken.

The decision of Kulbhushan Jadhav's death penalty was read out by the President of the ICJ, Ronny Abraham.

Pakistan claims the Vienna Convention did not apply to a "spy" involved in terror activities and said India was using the world court as a stage for "political theatre".

Yesterday, the ICJ agreed that India's contention on consular access was indeed an issue because Pakistan denying it was a violation of the Vienna Convention. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu also termed the verdict as a "major victory for India".

New Delhi also appealed for the court to impose emergency measures to suspend Jadhav's execution until the legal battle in The Hague has concluded.

"Case against Jadhav by Pakistan was a sham and was in gross violation of worldwide law as his execution was ordered by a kangaroo court without consular access".

Since Jadhav's arrest in 2016, Pakistan has rejected 16 Indian requests for consular access.

He was arrested past year and sentenced to death by Pakistan's military court of espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

Zakaria said, "After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle". India was able to demonstrate Pakistan's disregard for global conventions and its propensity to undermine the rule of law.

Responding to a question, Rohatgi asserted that the ICJ's interim verdict on Thursday was binding on both India and Pakistan. The United Nations have to take a serious note.

In addition to this, the decision of the International Court of Justice was hailed by Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted, "The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India".

"We are very happy with the world court's verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case".

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