Sharif regime slammed for 'mishandling' Jadhav case

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Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan prime minister, said the worldwide court has only stayed Jadhav's execution and has not given any order regarding consular access for him. "But they can not nullify our sentence", he said, adding Jadhav's case would be handled according to Pakistani law.

It, however, hailed the efforts taken by the External Affairs Ministry to secure the release of the former Navy officer, who has been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on espionage charges.

Dalveer Bhandari, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India is part of the 12 judge panel in the International Court of Justice that had ordered a stay on the execution of Jadhav. The global court stayed Jadhav's death sentence, pending its final verdict in the case.

A case has been filed against him and he has been sent to jail on judicial remand, the report said. He said the ICJ had given its opinion on Jadhav's case to get counsellor access.

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Radio Pakistan, a state-run broadcaster, on Sunday reported a top Pakistani politician as saying that the Pakistani government and the army will "jointly" fight India's ICJ petition on the Jadhav death sentence. He also dismissed criticism on why Pakistan accepted the global court's jurisdiction. Pakistan risks worldwide condemnation if it violates the ICJ order now and hangs Jadhav. "Now staying his execution from our perspective is inconsequential in the sense that he was not being executed yesterday", he said.

As far as the interim stay granted by ICJ is concerned, it is clarified that the Jadhav case has only begun and the final decision will be based on the merits of the case. He said a decision to provide consular access to Jadhav is yet to be made. He said the ICJ had a tradition of ruling against death penalty.

The Senate committee chairman said that Indian Prime Minister (PM), Narendra Modi had admitted intervention in Pakistan. "My own opinion is that it was a serious mistake for India to go to the ICJ on this issue".

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