The International Court of Justice granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Out of total 16 judges, 15 ruled in favour of India while Pakistan’s judge was the lone dissenter.
New Delhi| Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today welcomed the ICJ verdict in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Surprisingly, he also appreciated the ICJ verdict.
His statement comes a day after the International Court of Justice in its verdict said that Pakistan should review and reconsider the conviction and sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ also observed that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention.
In his tweet, Imran Khan said that he appreciates the ICJ verdict of not acquitting Kulbhushan Jadhav. “Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan,” Khan Tweeted. He added that Pakistan will further proceed as per the law.
Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 18, 2019
The Kulbhushan Jadhav Case:
Jadhav, the 49-year-old retired Navy officer was arrested by Pakistan in 2016 claiming that he is an Indian spy and was arrested from Balochistan. Whereas India maintains that Jadhav is a retired navy officer and was abducted by Pakistani agencies from Iran. Jadhav was sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terrorism by Pakistani military court in April 2017.
The ICJ Verdict:
The International Court of Justice granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The court said that India has the right to consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. out of total 16 judges, 15 ruled in favour of India while Pakistan’s judge was the lone dissenter. Interesting, even the judge from China, considered Pakistan’s all-weather ally, voted in favour of India. ICJ directed Pakistan to suspend his death sentence. It also requested Pakistan to review and reconsider the conviction and sentence of Jadhav.
Till further review, there is a stay on the death penalty. The ICJ also lambasted Pakistan for violating the Vienna convention. The court remarked that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The ICJ observes that there was a three-week delay in informing India about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s arrest on March 3, 2016, leading to a “breach” of Pakistan’s obligations under the convention. It also noted that India has made a number of requests for the consular access, which was denied by Pakistan.
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