Immediately suspend Jadhav’s death sentence: India appeals at ICJ

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearing in case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy sentenced to death by a Pakistani Military Court, this afternoon. Secondly, this matter is not a bilateral matter. The plea states that Jadhav’s arrest and his trial is a violation of the rights to consular access under the Vienna convention.

Pakistan’s lead damages the Vienna Convention”.

“Pakistan said Jadhav’s sentence is based on credible evidence in espionage against Pakistan”.

Islamabad has rejected 16 Indian requests for consular access to Jadhav, who is held at an unknown prison in Pakistan.

Pakistan will present its arguments to the afternoon session.

Describing it as “farcical”, India said Pakistan must ensure he is not executed until a court decision.

“There is a question of lack of jurisdiction”.

The neighbouring county has chose to question the jurisdiction of the global court in this matter.

Praveen Bhoj another friend, said, “India has worldwide support in this case”.

‘All that we know is what we have seen in the media in Pakistan, ‘ he added. He said that India had wasted the time of the International Court of Justice by bringing in Kulbhushan Jhadav’s case.

Both lay claim to complete control over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir which has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

The Pakistani Council said India’s allegation regarding kidnap of its spy is not true and he was arrested by Pakistani forces in the Province of Balochistan. The ICJ had stayed the execution of Jadhav by Pakistan last week. “This was done in a military court, the proceeds have not been made public”, he said. The ICJ should watch the confessional video of Jadhav, he observed. Pakistan has also not responded to the request for visas applied by Jadhav’s family.

“The execution of the death sentence can not be done while this court is hearing the appeal”.

India is presenting its case first, followed by Pakistan later in the day.

India also sought a declaration that the sentence handed out to Jadhav was in violation of the Vienna Convention.

On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav.

On May 9, the highest court in the United Nations gave Jadhav a lease of life.

Harish Salve: Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy. Jadhav’s sentencing has become the latest flashpoint in the India-Pakistan ties.

Pakistan had claimed that Jadhav was arrested from the Baluchistan province previous year.

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