ICJ asks Pak not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav

Prime News, International (The Hague), May 18:- International Court of Justice (ICJ) gave its verdict today, ruling in favour of India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The court told Pakistan to take all possible measures to ensure that Jadhav is not executed before the international court gives its final verdict. It also told Pakistan to give consular access to India.
Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, has been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan over alleged espionage in Balochistan. New Delhi said Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying Jadhav, 47, access to legal and other assistance from India. Pakistan has claimed that Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in the restive province of Balochistan. India says he was kidnapped from Iran and dismisses allegations made by Pakistan.
There has been a long-running conflict in Balochistan between Pakistani security forces and a militant separatist movement. Speaking after the verdict, India’s attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said, “Kulbhushan Jadhav cannot be executed before a final verdict. Today, every single Indian is with Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family. I would like to congratulate the Ministry of External Affairs. The world knows that there was no fair trial. Pakistan’s military trial does not have merit.” The attorney general also reiterated that “the ICJ’s verdict in this case is binding for both India and Pakistan.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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