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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Twitterati celebrate 'victory' over Pakistan

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Twitterati celebrate 'victory' over Pakistan

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

In an unanimous and binding decision on the fate of the spy, the ICJ ruled that: "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings".

Kulbhushan Jadva's friends expressed satisfaction and joy after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed his execution by a Pakistan military court.

Hailing the ICJ order, Indian Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said, "Indian stand is victorious, congratulate all concerned persons, especially the External Affairs Ministry".

India approached the ICJ on May 8 asking for a stay on Jadhav's death sentence, in addition to granting three other provisional measures it has sought against Pakistan, pending the court's decision on the merits of the case.

Jadhav, a former Navy officer, was arrested in March 2016 from Balochistan, Pakistan claimed. Jadhav was convicted in Pakistan and sentenced to death on April 10.

Pakistan has been accused of violating the Vienna Convention by denying consular access to Jadhav and pronouncing him guilty of espionage in a "farcical trial".

Describing the order as "positive", CPIs national secretary D Raja hailed the ICJ for making it clear that India has every right to provide consular access to Jadhav. "The acts alleged by India are culpable of falling under the Vienna Convention guaranteeing the right to communicate and have access to consular access rights", The Hindu quoted Judge Ronny Abraham, president of the court, as saying.

There is, of course, no guarantee that such review by Pakistan would lead to Jadhav's release, as desired by India.

Swaraj said, "We are grateful to Harish Salve for presenting India's case so effectively before ICJ".

The case will take months or years to settle at the United Nations' highest judicial organ, so judges issued Thursday's order to ensure that Jadhav isn't executed before the case ends. 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. India was able to demonstrate Pakistan's disregard for worldwide conventions and its propensity to undermine the rule of law.

The final verdict is expected in August.


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