ICJ ordered Pakistan not to execute Kulbushan 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.

In an emergency hearing swiftly organized on 15 May, counsels for New Delhi had urged the court to halt the execution of Jadhav.

But India has maintained he is not a spy, and lodged a case against Pakistan earlier in May, accusing Islamabad of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access, as well as breaking global human rights law. "The bogus stand put forth by Pakistan has been completely blown by this decision". "Justice has been served and it is proven that Pakistan's courts are mere kangaroo courts and nothing else", one friend Sachin Kale said. He was convicted last month by a military court and sentenced to death.

Pakistan is yet to confirm whether Jadhav, whose execution has been stayed by the (ICJ) pending its final verdict, has approached the appellate court in the country yet.

"Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings", ICJ President Ronny Abraham said while reading out the unanimous verdict of the 11-judge bench.

Jadhav, a former Navy officer, was arrested in March 2016 from Balochistan, Pakistan claimed.

Calling the ICJ stay on Jadhav's execution as "unfavourable" outcome, the PTI has raised a series of questions, seeking sought an explanation from Sharif on the Indian response on the Jadhav issue.

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Terming the ICJ decision [temporarily staying Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution] a "setback", Shah said the government's negligence is evident.

The next step would be to welcome Jadhav to India after his release, some of them said.

Sharma also slammed Pakistan over remarks of its Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria that ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear the case concerning Jadhav.

India stated that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Pakistan Bar Council executive member Raheel Kamran Sheikh said it was matter of concern that success rate of Pakistan in worldwide arbitration cases was 2 per cent while India's success rate was 60 per cent.

Aziz, however, maintained that Qureshi had "courageously" presented Pakistan's case in the court, the Nation reported. What we presented before the worldwide court was that denial of consular access to India to its citizen in Pakistan was an global treaty violation, a lapse that possibly seriously breached Jadhav's right to adequate legal assistance.

Had Islamabad also withdrawn ICJ's jurisdiction of "Article I of the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention", Pakistan would not have suffered legal setbacks to its strong case on how a serving Indian Naval official was engaged in systematic network of espionage through which he on the behalf of his government sponsored terrorism particularly in southwest of the country. "In those circumstances, the court is satisfied that there is urgency in the present case". She called Jadhav a prized asset for India being a master spy.