PTI blames PM Nawaz for ICJ stay on Jadhav execution

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New Delhi argued in a preliminary hearing at the ICJ on Monday that Islamabad violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying Jadhav access to legal assistance.

Senior lawyer Harish Salve, who fought India's case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, surprised many by charging only Rs 1 for defending the Indian national in the high-profile case.

India had earlier moved to ICJ against Kulbhushan Jadhav s death sentence which was confirmed after Pakistan trying him through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

He said that the ICJ had found Pakistan's arguments to be bogus and the execution of Jadhav has been stayed until the final verdict is out.

Mehmood attacked the government for selecting a lawyer at the ICJ "who had not a single global law case reported from the UK Supreme Court".

The Finance Minister, who is in Srinagar to attend the two-day GST Council meeting, said the order issued by the ICJ at The Haque was a vindication of India's stand. Find us on Facebook too!

The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if Pakistan does not comply with the ICJ's decision.

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Another analysis on Dawn's website quotes various experts who are of the view that Pakistan should never have accepted the ICJ's jurisdiction in the case.

Reacting to the order, India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, said it "has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and the people of India". "There have been cases when the court said you have to annul the process and go back". He said India made innumerable requests for consular access, but Pakistan refused to provide documents relating to the case and consular access to him. Further, it has noted that there is no exception to the consular access rule for those allegedly involved in "espionage".

Legal experts recommended that as the government now has a couple of months to evolve future strategy, it should not take a decision on appointment of an ad hoc judge in haste.

The official said the foreign office had also failed to register the bilateral agreement with the UN.

"We lost important cases at the global forum in the last couple of years".

"And they [gaps] have grown to such an extent that if the situation is not arrested and improved immediately in the national interest by both the centres of power, irreparable damage shall be caused to the state", he said.

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