1. International Court of Justice stays death sentence imposed by Pakistani court on India’s Kulbhushan Jadhav

International Court of Justice stays death sentence imposed by Pakistani court on India’s Kulbhushan Jadhav

International Court of Justice stays death sentence imposed by a Pakistani court on India's Kulbhushan Jadhav for spying.

By: | Updated: May 10, 2017 12:15 AM
India has rejected all allegations against Jadhav as “baseless”. (PTI)

In what is a massive setback to Pakistan, International Court of Justice has stayed the death sentence imposed by a Pakistani court on India’s Kulbhushan Jadhav for spying, reports NDTV. This has come to pass after Pakistan had refused to extradite the alleged spy Jadhav in April. In its reaction then, the Indian government had said Pakistan ought to follow established international practice while dealing with foreign nationals in its custody, PTI reported. India has rejected all allegations against Jadhav as “baseless”. India has maintained that the circumstances of Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan remain unclear, especially as Pakistan has refused to provide consular access despite repeated requests.

In her reaction, MEA Sushma Swaraj said, “Have spoken to mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, told her about order of President, ICJ under Art 74 Paragraph 4 of Rules of Court.”

Pakistan’s military court had sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for spying. Pakistani authorities said Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan and claimed that he was working for  Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)  and had been involved with Baloch separatists. Pakistan claimed he had entered from Iran. Pakistan had also released a video in which Jadhav was allegedly shown ‘confessing’ to having spied for RAW.  Pakistan officials had also claimed that Jadhav had converted to Islam and worked as a scrap dealer. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the video was fake – it was poorly cut and several parts were spliced together. There was no continuity as Jadhav is seen saying he retired in 2002 and later he goes on to say he will retire in 2022.

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As per sources quoting his kin, Jadhav had asked for premature retirement from the Navy and had wanted to set up his own business.

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