ICJ order on Jadhav binding on Pakistan

Earlier today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case today (Thursday) and held his death sentence until the final verdict.

Sehwag took to Twitter and wrote “Satyamev Jayate” #KulbhushanJadhav.

Zakaria said Pakistan has already informed the ICJ that it does not accept its jurisdiction in matters related to the national security.

Sehwag advised Pakistan not to thrive on misunderstanding. The ruling came three days after India and Pakistan gave their submissions in the case.

The Attorney General office said that Pakistan attended the hearing out of its utmost respect for the court and pursuant to the established jurisprudence that the challenge to jurisdiction can be made via appearance and not by abstaining from the process.

“Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr. Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings”, the court at The Hague said in a unanimous order.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday backed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement that his government will leave no stone unturned to save alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. He said that Pakistan should have provided Kulbhushan with the consular access from the start.

Replying to a volley of questions on India’s possible response if Pakistan does not implement the ICJ order, Baglay said the order is binding on Pakistan.

Former union minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot while speaking to ANI said, “The signatories to the Vienna Convention are bound by the verdict of the International Court of Justice”.

He opined that the ICJ’s decision to grant consular access to the “Indian spy” was just an advice, and not a judgment.

While India asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy, Pakistan had claimed to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.

“It is a major victory for India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case”, Naidu tweeted. While not commenting specifically on the order to halt the execution, the office said in a statement that Jadhav “still has ample time to petition for clemency”.

The stay order was issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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