Pakistan can not execute Kulbhushan Jadhav till the court rules on case: ICJ

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ruled that Pakistan can not execute the death sentence given to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav till it takes a final decision on the matter.

In an emergency hearing on Monday held only days after India lodged its case, lawyers for New Delhi called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order Islamabad to suspend its execution of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav.

Jadhav was awarded the death sentence by a Pakistani military court last month, a year after he was arrested on espionage charges.

"It is victory for India, because we have succeeded on all counts and the global court has strongly rejected Pakistan's argument, saying that the order of the ICJ is commendatory and the binding upon Pakistan". Pakistan had claimed 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". The court has overruled Pakistan's objections on the jurisdiction of the ICJ and upheld Indian plea for consular access. "The court has in fact directed that Pakistan is not going to execute till the conclusion of the proceedings", Memon told ANI.

Soon after the verdict, Pakistan foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria came out by alleging that India has been "trying to hide its real face" by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ.

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Expressing similar views, another Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "Pakistan has no legs to stand upon". Nationals belonging to Mexico, Paraguay and Germany were sentenced to death in the past and the United Nations court had ordered to halt their executions.

"The court has ruled that councillor access should have been given to Jadhav". However, Pakistan released a video of Jadhav admitting he was a "spy".

Presiding judge Ronny Abraham of France, right, enters to read the World Court's verdict in the case brought by India against Pakistan in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, May 18, 2017. The government will wait to see Pakistan's decision.

"It is a victory for India and a big blow for Pakistan".

It would be "foolish to accept" the United Nations court's jurisdiction in the case of Indian spy, the resolution states. The U.N. court ruled unanimously that Pakistan shouldn't put Jadhav to death until India's allegation that Pakistan breached his right to consular assistance is legally resolved. Prime Minister Narendra Modi "will leave no stone unturned to save" Jadhav, she tweeted.

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