Pakistan must respect ICJ decision on Jadhav: Congress

Jadhav 46 was sentenced to death in March by a Pakistani military court and India approached the highest UN judicial body with the plea to stay his execution. PTI

THE International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav, who was arrested on March 3 past year, last month for espionage and subversive activities.

The 11-judge bench of the UN's highest court presented its verdict two days after India and Pakistan gave their submissions on the 46-year-old former Indian naval officer.

When India appealed to ICJ and initiated proceedings against Pakistan for allegedly violating Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Pakistan argued that the court doesn't have jurisdiction over this bilateral dispute.

"Pakistan has perused the case involving Jadhav at the ICJ, taking into account the national security affairs and followed all the legal procedures under constitutional bindings", she said.

Pakistan alleges that Jadhav was working as an Indian spy when he was arrested in the southwestern province of Baluchistan in March 2016.

Terming the ICJ decision [temporarily staying Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution] a "setback", Shah said the government's negligence is evident.

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"Pakistan would form a new team of lawyers on Kulbhushan Jadhev case in ICJ to present Pakistan's stance vigorously", he added.

The 11-judge bench of ICJ on Thursday ruled that Pakistan can not execute Jadhav until the "final decision".

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

He asked the global community to put pressure on Pakistan to accept the verdict.

Rulings by the court are final and binding on the countries involved. "But (Jadhav) can not be executed until the stay order is there", Usmani said. However, death sentences have rarely been issued in such cases.

Sitting in The Hague, the court rejected Pakistan's argument that it did not have jurisdiction over the case, and said it would hear the case and seek arguments from both sides.

"Urging the United Nations and the the worldwide community to understand the double game of Pakistan, Mengal said", Pakistan is a hub of terrorism as it is producing Islamic terrorism for the entire world. It said Pakistan's alleged failure to provide consular access to Jadhav appeared to be falling within the scope of the Vienna Convention.

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