Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

United Nations court stays Pakistan's execution of Indian spy

United Nations court stays Pakistan's execution of Indian spy

The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism, in a case that has further strained relations between the Asian neighbors. "Pakistan's argument before the International Court of Justice and its refusal to accept its jurisdiction betrays a mindset of disrespect to the Vienna Convention, which Pakistan has brazenly violated", he said, adding that the international community must now put pressure on Pakistan government and its army and the United Nations has to take serious note of the issue.

Reading the court's decision, presiding judge Ronny Abraham said, 'the Government of Pakistan shall inform it of all measures taken in implementation of that Order'.

Hours later, Pakistan told the world court that the execution was not imminent and that Mr Jadhav had time at least till August for legal remedies. Here are some of the tweets.

Earlier, Zakaria said at the weekly press briefing said India was trying to portray Jadhavs case “as a humanitarian issue to divert the worlds attention from his role in fomenting terrorism” inside Pakistan.

The court has asked Pakistan to give consular access to Jadhav, who was arrested in March past year in the country's southern province, a few kilometers (miles) from the Iranian border. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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. While India has every reason to be happy about it, the fact is will the Generals of Pakistan abide by the same?

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted, "The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the familly of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India".

She said Pakistan hired the best legal counsels in this case and any speculations in this regard are baseless.

In the detailed order, the court said prima facie it felt that it had jurisdiction to go into the matter given the details of the present case.

Speaking to NewsX following ICJ's order, Senior Lawyer Ujjwal Nikam said, "This is a big victory for India because we have succeeded in nearly all points and not only that but the ICJ has in clear terms has warn Pakistan that its order is mandatory and binding upon the Pakistan".

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday unanimouslystayed Pakistan's execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav until it rules on the merits of the case. He said Kulbhushan Jadhav has twice made the confessions for his crimes against the humanity.

In this regard, the Court noted that the Parties do indeed appear to have differed, and still differ today, on the question of India's consular assistance to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention.

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