Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ order binding on Pakistan, says India

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The ICJ asserted its jurisdiction over the case of the 46-year-old former Indian Navy officer while noting that the circumstances of his arrest remain disputed.

He said acts alleged by India fall in the Vienna convention which guarantees state to be given access to its citizen. They both thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed the battery of lawyers presenting India's case. However, media outlets in Pakistan are describing the ICJ order as a "setback" and even blamed poor preparation for its defeat at world Court.

Meanwhile, Sherry Rehman, leader of Pakistan's main opposition party PPP, said Pakistan's case against India at ICJ was "weak". It was huge relief, admitted Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay, who was awaiting to get a brief from the minister and his top officials to carry out his usual weekly press briefing.

The order by the ICJ is unanimous, favourable, clear and unambiguous.

The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017.

Hailing the verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Baloch Diaspora France President Ali Akbar Mengal said the decision is a "victory for humanity".

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of Yadav convicted of spying.

Foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying the country has been "trying to hide its real face" by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ.

Deadline for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal against his death sentence, which was awarded by an military court, is ending today (Friday), Samaa news reported.

The ICJ on Thursday stayed the execution of Jadhav, dismissing Pakistan's contention that it had no jurisdiction to go into the matter.

"It is appropriate for the court to order that Pakistan take all measures at its disposal to ensure Mr Jadhav is not executed before this (11-member) court has given its final decision", presiding Judge Ronny Abraham said.

At this time what is most important that we should take every step, both at the diplomatic and global level, that Indian consular should get access to Kulbhushan Jadhav so that we can believe he is still alive.