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

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"We were very surprised how swiftly Jadhav's case was fixed before the ICJ", he said.

"After reading the order sheet, what I could understand was that the ICJ issued the stay order saying that since the parties in the dispute could not convey their point of view and the court needs further assistance from both countries", he said. This year, India filed a petition in the worldwide court to seek provisional stay of Jadhav's execution who was convicted of espionage by an impartial military court. However, Indian intelligence agencies suspect that Jadhav was abducted from the Iran-Pakistan border. The recent ICJ ruling should thus be seen as a reprieve that buys India time, and has little direct bearing on the overall circumstances of Jadhav's arrest and sentencing.

The CPI termed as "highly objectionable" the stance Pakistan took after the ICJ passed the order on Thursday and condemned the neighbouring country's stand of denying consular access to Jadhav.

Moreover, the entire episode portrays the rule of law in Pakistan in an incredibly poor light. India says he was kidnapped from Iran.

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The UN's highest judicial body also asked Pakistan to take "all measures" to ensure that Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.

"The global court is not a court of appeal where we show his innocence".

There is also anger in the political establishment in Pakistan that the PM and 4 cabinet ministers were overseas when the trial took place, said the report.

Two other criticisms that have been made in India concerning the decision to go to ICJ should be addressed.

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Mehmood attacked the government for selecting a lawyer at the ICJ "who had not a single global law case reported from the UK Supreme Court". This should not be a major concern.

Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. For this, the answer must be found in ICJ's statement. While the external affairs minister and ministry have reacted with restrained maturity, had the court been monitoring the Indian political and media response to its interim order it would hardly have been amused: perhaps even as embarrassed as Mr Salve at the superlatives flying around.

Opposition leader Khursheed Shah said the Attorney General should have been sent by the government to represent Pakistan's case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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