UN Court Orders Pakistan Not to Execute Indian National Convicted of Spying

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Reacting to the the stay order passed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadav's death sentence, which was pronounced by Pakistan, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that the order has come as a great relief to the family of the accused and people of India, on Thursday.

PM Modi also expressed satisfaction at today's order where ICJ asked Pakistan not to execute alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav pending its final decision and inform it of the steps being taken to implement the order.

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

The United Nation's highest court has ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer who has been convicted of spying and terrorism. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu also termed the verdict as a "major victory for India". Pakistan claimed that the former Indian Navy officer confessed in a video that he was involved in spying and terror activities in Balochistan, a charge rejected by India.

In April, a Pakistani military court had sentenced Jadhav to death.

It also remarked that Kulbhushan Jadhav should have been given consular access under Vienna Convention.

Referring to Osama Bin Laden's compound in the Pakistan military academy, Mengal called upon the worldwide community to take action against Pakistan which is promoting religious terrorism across the world and the terrorists who are operating under the patronage of Pakistan intelligence agencies.

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India argued that its case is exclusively based on the violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) optional protocol.

The judges said India had a "plausible" argument that Pakistan violated global law by refusing to grant consular access to Jadhav.

A Pakistan Bar Council executive member, Raheel Kamran Sheikh, was quoted as saying it was a "matter of concern" that the success rate of Pakistan in global arbitration cases was 2 per cent while India's success rate was 60 per cent.

Asian neighbors Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations, and Jadhav's death sentence has further strained ties.

Salve's strategy saw him, in an emergency hearing on May 15, requesting the ICJ to order Islamabad to suspend Jadhav's execution.

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. He said the court considers that it has prima facie jurisdiction in the matter as there is a dispute between the parties.

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