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Intl. court asks Pakistan to stay execution of Indian 'spy'

Intl. court asks Pakistan to stay execution of Indian 'spy'

In a major win for India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed the death sentence awarded to former Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistan military court till the final verdict.

The International Court of Justice today ruled that Pakistan should take "all measures at its disposal" to prevent the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav till ICJ announces its final judgement.

The UN's top court on Thursday (18) ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying, in a decision hailed by New Delhi.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria hit out at India, saying the country has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ.

Responding to the ICJ order, Aziz, Pakistan's de facto foreign minister, was reported to have said, "Pakistan's security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right".

Jadhav had been apprehended by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan on charges of terrorism and spying.

However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Shaiq Usmani, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, told a newspaper the decision was alarming because the "ICJ does not have jurisdiction".

On the other hand, the Congress, which had earlier questioned the government's decision to take the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue to the ICJ said that New Delhi had been left with no option but to approach the ICJ.

The court further observed that the existence of a 2008 bilateral agreement between Indian and Pakistan on consular relations did not change its conclusion.

Party leader Anand Sharma said the orders of the International Court of Justice was a matter of great relief for people in India. Pakistan was also accused of denying Jadhav a fair trial in violation of worldwide human rights laws.

It also said that the 150-day period for clemency given by Pakistan, which ends in August, suggests that the execution can happen immediately thereafter.

Rulings by the U.N.'s highest court are final and binding on the countries involved.

Ronny Abraham, the Hague-based court's president, also asked Pakistan to inform the tribunal that it will implement the ruling, and stressed that ICJ decisions are binding on all state members.

Sarabjit Singh died in prison in Pakistan in 2013 after more than 20 years on death row.


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