Kulbhushan Jadhav case: With strong words and irrefutable proof, India today ripped into Pakistan and showed the neighbouring country for the bully that it was in seeking to wrongly target an innocent man just because he was an Indian and not just jail him, but also impose a death sentence on him. Pakistan’s claims were exposed for being hollow by India through transparent methodology used by its representative. India thereafter called for the immediate lifting of the death sentence imposed on one of its nationals Jadhav and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention by denying its request for consular access for 16 times – India said that this was a ‘fatal’ breach of the Vienna Convention rules.
Representing India’s case, Harish Salve argued that human rights that were treated as “basic” all over the world had been thrown to the winds by Pakistan. All requests for consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav had fallen on “deaf ears”, he said. Terming the current situation as “grave”, attorney Harish Salve said that is why India had sought ICJ’s indulgence. India fears that Kulbhushan Jadhav could be executed by Pakistan before its arguments are heard, India’s attorney Harish Salve said.
In a controversial verdict, Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav last month on the charges of espionage and subversive activities. Jadhav was allegedly captured by Pakistani forces March 3 last year. India said he was kidnapped from Iran. Pakistan is saying that he was caught in Balochistan but is refusing to provide any proof to back it up.
India had appealed against the death sentence on May 8, ICJ stayed the sentence the very next day. India, in its appeal to the ICJ, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was legally involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.
This is a developing story