Forced To Approach ICJ On Jadhav’s Execution, Says MEA

The International Court of Justice has stayed the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court.

New Delhi: The death sentence handed down to an Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying was stayed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday.

India approached the International Court of Justice based in The Hague, against the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial last month. The order came a day after India approached it. Senior advocate Harish Salve represented India before the ICJ.

Speaking to the media on Weddnesday, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that India was forced to approach the ICJ as 16 consular requests to the Pakistan government were rejected.

He further said that India has no information either regarding Jadhav’s health or his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan government has not officially responded to ICJ’s stay. As the officials chose to stay silent, the local media rejected India’s claim. They flatly stated that ICJ has no jurisdiction over Pakistan.

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ICJ Stays kulbushan Jadhav’s Death Sentence

Stay was ordered by International Court of justice on the execution of Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by Pakistan military court on charges of undercover operations.

New Delhi: Former Indian navy officer Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by Pakistan military court for shadowing operations, received a huge relief from International Court of justice after a stay order was given by it.

International Court of Justice, which operates out of Netherlands in Europe, is the main judicial organ of the UN.

ICJ said in a statement, ”Republic of India instituted proceedings against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, accusing the latter of ‘egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular relations’ in the matter of detention and trail of an Indian national,  Mr kulbhsuhan  Sudhir Jadhav, sentenced to death by military Court in Pakistan.”

This is a major setback for Pakistan and a diplomatic win for India. Earlier Indian envoy has asked for a report on Jadhav’s health condition, which was not yet submitted by Pakistan until now.

Mr.Harish Salve, senior Advocate is representing India before International Court of Justice in Jadhav’s case.

Minister Of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj carried the message to Jadhav’s mother about the stay order issued by ICJ.

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