ICJ stays execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav

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International Court of Justice (ICJ) stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s exection

In a major setback to Pakistan, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed till further orders the execution of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on the charge of spying.

“Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure that Jadhav is not hanged until a final decision by the court”, said ICJ judge Ronny Abraham.

The court said it considered that Pakistan’s failure to provide consular access to India was under the scope of Vienna Convention.

“Acts alleged by India fall in the Vienna Convention, which guarantees the state to be given access to its citizen,” said the ICJ verdict.

“I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save Kulbhushan Jadhav”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted minutes after the verdict.

“The ICJ’s decision to stay the execution of Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav gives the people of India a deep sense of satisfaction and relief”, tweets home minister Rajnath Singh.

In March 2016, Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani officials and was accused of being a spy for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).  In April, a Pakistani military court awarded death sentence to Jadhav after a secret trial. According to an official statement by Pakistan, Jadhav was tried under Section 59 of the Pakistan Act 1952 and Section 3 of Official Secrets Act 1923.