United Nations orders Pakistan not to execute Indian man accused of spying

The decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on May 18 to stay Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence has led to "shock and disappointment" in Pakistan.

India on May 8 sought the worldwide court's intervention to annul the death sentence given by a Pakistan military court to Jadhav who Islamabad says was arrested in Balochistan on charges of spying, sabotage and terrorism.

The court agreed with India's concerns on the matter, since Pakistan has not provided any assurance that Jadhav will not be executed till a final decision is taken by ICJ.

Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted, "The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India".

Hailing the verdict, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said it is a victory for India's stand.

New Delhi had moved the court on May 15 as an emergency measure and exhorted the court to halt the execution of Jadhav.

According to Pakistan, Jadhav was seized by its security forces in the restive Balochistan province on March three previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

India's contention about the violation of Jadhav's rights to consular access "are plausible", the ICJ added, without making it clear whether Pakistan must now allow Indian diplomats to meet him.

Khawar Qureshi, who led Pakistan's arguments, said that the ICJ is not a criminal court and can thus not give a decision on cases relating to national security.

Jadhav's case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India.

Azad also congratulated the Indian team which represented the country in the International Court of Justice and stressed that the Government should not leave any stone unturned to ensure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav and his return to our country. "The entire thing was a charade, Pakistan completely blown by this decision.The decision is certainly binding for both states", the court said.

"Pakistan has been badly exposed in the worldwide community and Pakistan is known for telling lies and giving fake evidences against Kulbhushan Jadhav". India responded immediately and said that he has retired to his position in navy.

India has reacted jubilantly to the verdict.

Circumstances of Kulbhushan Jadhav's arrest remain disputed, says, says judge Rohny Abraham, International Court of Justice.

"The real face of India will be exposed before the world", he said, adding that Jadhav has confessed his crimes of sabotage, terrorism and subversion activities not only once but twice.

Denying the charges, Pakistan has maintained that it had requested an Indian assistance in the investigation of Jadhav's alleged "involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan", which it said New Delhi did not provide.

According to Yasser, the case, however, would benefit Pakistan more in the long run, since it is the smaller party.

The UNs highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhavs sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it “of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order”.

Related news: