World Court Backs India, Snubs Pak, Says Jadhav Shall Not Be Executed

The World Court has rejected Pakistan stand in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Judge Abraham said India should have got consular access.

The Hague: The judge of International Court of Justice Justice Ronny Abraham started reading the judgement at 3.30 pm (IST). Justice Abraham has snubbed Pakistan in an unanimous verdict by 15-judge bench. The court said Jadhav should not be executed. He said both India and Pakistan agree that Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian national. India and Pakistan are signatories of Vienna convention. The judge explained the jurisdiction of the court and the Vienna Conventions. He rejected Pak’s contention on the jurisdiction of the court. He referred to India’s complaint of refusing consular access. India should have got the access, the judge said. He dispute exists on consular access. He said India’s case is within the purview of the Article 36 of Vienna Convention. The judge said that India has right to consular access. India’s claims in the case are plausible, Justice Abraham said. He said Pakistan cannot hang Jadhav. The ICJ has stayed it earlier.

Justice Abraham said that Pakistan should ensure that Jadhav is not executed. The world court had on last Monday stayed the execution of the Indian national, Kulbhushan Jadhav, a month  after a Pakistani military court found him guilty of spying for India.

Harish Salve, an accomplished lawyer had led the defence at the world court at The Hague. He said the matter was urgent and hence approached the highest court which took it up at short notice. He expressed his fears that Jadhav could be executed even before the judgement is delivered by ICJ. Salve said the rights of Article 36 of Vienna convention are inalienable. The Pakistani delegation was led by Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan in UAE. The Pakistani council blamed India for supporting terrorism in Pakistan.

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