Major Diplomatic Win For India - Dont Hang Jadhav Says International Court of Justice to Pakistan
Today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) presented its verdict to Pakistan and India regarding the death sentence given by Pakistan to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The world court ruled in favour of India and stayed Jadhav's sentence. It also overruled Pakistan's objections and said this matter was, in fact, under the jurisdiction of the ICJ.
The court added that there is "urgency in the present case" and there should not be "any execution before the final decision".
An 11-judge bench gave the verdict today at a public sitting in The Hague, Netherlands.
Earlier on May 15, India and Pakistan both presented their arguments to the ICJ on the death sentence.
Both sides had got 90-minutes for their arguments. India argued that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by declining New Delhi any consular access to Jhadav.
Harish Salve, lawyer who represented India at ICJ, also said that the court should ensure that all necessary measures are taken to prevent the execution of Jhadav till the verdict is announced.
Mohammad Faisal represented Pakistan at ICJ and said that India’s complaint was “political theatre”. He also accused India of “time-wasting and political grandstanding” besides asking the court to decline jurisdiction on the matter.
Faisal told the court that Jadhav confessed to being an Indian intelligence officer, a confession recorded on video.
Islamabad also showed the court a picture of passport it claims was found in Jadhav’s possession. Faisal said India has been “unable, or perhaps unwilling to provide an explanation for this passport”, which had a completely different “and Muslim” name.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016. India maintains that he is a retired navy officer. Pakistan claims that they arrested him from the India-Pakistan border, but India says that he was abducted from Iran.
By SHREYA KALRA, IT