ICJ orders Pakistan to stay execution of Indian 'spy'

Jane Richards
May 20, 2017

Pakistan's attorney general said that the recent order by ICJ does not change anything in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case.

"Pakistan's security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right", he said.

Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision.

A retired Pakistani judge had also told Dawn newspaper that the decision taken by the court was "alarming" since the "ICJ does not have jurisdiction".

A United Nations court on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an accused Indian spy pending its final verdict in a case that has gripped the rival countries.

A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav, who was arrested on March 3 previous year, last month for espionage and subversive activities. On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The finance minister said In the historical records of global law, this judgement is a great victory of rule of law itself.

Zakaria said, "After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle".

The handling of Kulbhsuhan Jadhav case by Pakistani lawyers in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has invited heavy criticism from experts as well as media in the country.

The worldwide court of justice, sometimes referred to as the world court, is the UN's court for hearing disputes between states. The ICJ had on Thursday said that the execution of Jadhav be placed in abeyance until the final verdict is out.

India approached the worldwide court on May 8 against Pakistan, accusing it of violating the Vienna Convention as Islamabad had rejected 16 requests by New Delhi seeking consular access.

Hamdani told DunyaNews that the ICJ took up India's matter on an urgent basis because Pakistan hadn't assured it that it wouldn't "hang Jadhav before the hearing is over". Pakistan was also accused of denying Jadhav a fair trial in violation of global human rights laws. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and also appreciated the efforts of India's counsel Harish Salve. As Pakistan had already denied India consular access to Jadhav, India approached the ICJ for a stay order on the death sentence.

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