Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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On Thursday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed execution of RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death for espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan.

The International Court of Justice unanimously ruled Thursday that Kulbhushan Jadhav should not be executed pending the outcome of a suit filed by India that alleges Pakistan violated Jadhav's right to consular and attorney access after his arrest previous year.

But the Indian military force didn't agree with this kind of cruel gesture from the neighboring country Pakistan and it went a step ahead registering a case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the right judgement in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

The ICJ has endorsed India's contention that Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention regarding consular access.

He said Pakistan's security is very important to them and they have to maintain it as their fundamental sovereign right.

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Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in the southwestern province of Balochistan on charges of being an Indian spy and fueling unrest across the troubled province. While ICJ rejected the jurisdiction argument, Pakistani experts now believe that this was a "weak" and "damaging" claim, according to Dawn.

Some Pakistanis have now begun to ask questions about why Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was denied consular access.

Pakistan had also assured the ICJ that Jadhav "would be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law to defend his case" and he "still has ample time to petition for clemency", the statement said. The court today instructed Pakistan to take all "necessary measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it. Jadhav's case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India.

Therefore the court was "satisfied there is an urgency in this case".

Two opposition leaders also linked the weak defence put up by Pakistan at the ICJ on Thursday to the meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal, said to be a friend of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The decision brought relief to India, with the Ministry of External Affairs calling the ruling "unanimous, favourable, clear and unambiguous".

Pakistan attended the hearing at the ICJ "because of its conviction that the only way to resolve all outstanding issues is through peaceful means", it said. Pakistan was also accused of denying Jadhav a fair trial in violation of worldwide human rights laws.

Pakistan's Dawn described the ICJ ruling as setback for the country.

Since Jadhav's arrest previous year in March, India asked Pakistan as many as 16 times for consular access to the Indian national.

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