India gets a boost as ICJ stays Jadhav's execution


In a major win for India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed the death sentence awarded to former Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistan military court till the final verdict.

Judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in a unanimous and binding decision that Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav must not be executed by Islamabad until they have had time to pass final judgement in the case.

India approached the global court on May 8 against Pakistan, accusing it of violating the Vienna Convention as Islamabad had rejected 16 requests by New Delhi seeking consular access.

"Pakistan's security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right", Sartaj Aziz said.

At hearings on Monday, India called Jadhav's trial a "serious miscarriage of justice" because he wasn't allowed to see Indian diplomats or choose his own defense lawyer.

The ICJ asserted its jurisdiction over the case of Jadhav.

While Indian partisans celebrated the court order, experts said Pakistan's powerful military could still take the high-risk decision to proceed with the execution and defy the court - for which there is precedent.

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Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds a public hearing on March 6, 2017 in The Hague.

Zakaria also said that Pakistan will provide solid evidence related to Jadhav's involvement in espionage activities.

ICJ's verdict today is being seen as the biggest diplomatic victory India has ever had at an worldwide forum.

Two opposition leaders also linked the weak defence put up by Pakistan at the ICJ on Thursday to the meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal, said to be a friend of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After his arrest, Pakistani officials said that he had confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services. Pakistan, in turn, had argued that the 46-year-old Indian national was a spy and India's plea was "misconceived". The UN court ordered Pakistan not to execute Jadhav.

Pakistan's Dawn described the ICJ ruling as setback for the country. However, death sentences have rarely been issued in such cases. Ruling in favour of India, the Court asked Pakistan to keep it informed about the measures, including on consular access, taken by it in this connection.