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ICJ accepts India's plea, asks Pakistan not to execute Jadhav

ICJ accepts India's plea, asks Pakistan not to execute Jadhav

Court president Ronny Abraham said the court unanimously ordered Pakistan to "take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed".

"Jadhav's case falls under the Vienna convention", the court said and added that it had jurisdiction in the case.

Accepting India's contention, the court also said Pakistan had illegally withheld consular access to Mr Jadhav, whom it accused of spying.

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

The dispute revolves around the fate of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian navy who was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. "India has the right to seek consular access for Jadhav", the president of the United Nations court, Ronny Abraham, said in the judgment, which is legally binding.

At the hearing on Monday, India described Jadhav's trial as a "serious miscarriage of justice" because Indian diplomats were not granted consular access to him and he wasn't allowed to choose his defence lawyer.

Asian neighbors Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations, and Jadhav's death sentence has further strained ties.

Reacting to the temporary relief granted by the global court, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi hoped the final decision would also come in India's favour.

To a question, the minister of state said that the Indian spy will be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law and the Constitution of Pakistan.

India's external affairs ministry said the ICJ order created a "legally binding global obligation" on Pakistan. The army court had sentenced him to death on a "confessional" statement he had made in military custody.

ICJ verdicts to suspend Kulbhushan Jadhav's Execution until August 2017.

The Kulbhushan Jadhav episode has exposed the real face of India to the world for its involvement in terrorism, terror financing, subversion and spying activities in a sovereign state of Pakistan.

Pakistan countered the arguments by saying that it met all its worldwide treaty obligations.

Also a former solicitor general of India, some of his most high-profile clients include Salman Khan, Mukesh Ambani, Lalit Modi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Amarinder Singh, Parkash Singh Badal, Keshub Mahindra and Vodafone India.

Urdu television channel Dunya News, on the other hand, quoted lawyer and columnist Yasser Latif Hamdani as saying that the ICJ decision was "exactly in accordance with the expectations", and that the country should have provided Jadhav with consular access from the very beginning.