In a big moral victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhsuhan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court. The ICJ also asked Pakistan to take all measures to ensure that Jadhav was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.
Jadhav, a former Indian navy officer-turned-businessman, was kidnapped from Iran last year and arrested by Pakistan on espionage charges on March 3, 2016. On April 10 this year, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to death. As Pakistan had already denied India consular access to Jadhav, India approached the ICJ for a stay on the death sentence.
Here are 10 developments that have happened since the ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Thursday:
1. Kulbhushan Jadhav’s fate uncertain: Despite ICJ order,fate of Kulbhushan Jadhav is uncertain as Pakistan has said it doesn’t accept ICJ’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security of the country. Crying foul after the verdict, Islamabad’s foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria attacked India, saying New Delhi was “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case to the ICJ. “We do not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in matters related to the national security of the country,” he told a TV channel.
2. Jammu and Kashmir government welcomes ICJ decision. It appeals India-Pakistan to work together for peace and prosperity.
3. Pakistan’s judicial system exposed: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the ICJ order was a serious indictment of Pakistan’s judicial system. “This order, though interim, is a very serious indictment of the kind of mockery of the judicial system that exists in Pakistan,” Jaitley told reporters in Srinagar. “For any student of law, it is obvious that secret proceedings conducted in darkness are conspiratorial in nature and denial of consular access only emphasizes that denial. It is a great vindication of India’s stand and our entire team at The Hague deserves to be congratulated,” he added.
4. PM Modi expresses satisfaction: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction
with the verdict and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the order as a “great relief”. The two leaders thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed a battery of lawyers presenting India’s case at The Hague.
5. Major victory for India, says Baloch activists: Baloch Diaspora France President Ali Akbar Mengal said the decision is a “victory for humanity” and a major victory for India, and also a victory for justice and human rights. Mengal urged United Nations and the International community to understand the double game of Pakistan. “Pakistan is a hub of terrorism as it is producing Islamic terrorism for the entire world. There exists thousands of training camps in Pakistan which are producing the next generation of terrorism,” ANI quoted him as saying.
6. Pakistan’s Punjab minister says his country would accept ICJ order: In contrast to Zakaria, Pakistan’s Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said Islamabad would accept the decision of the ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case. “We will accept the decision of ICJ on Kulbhushan,” Sanaullah told reporters at the Punjab Assembly.
7. Pak opposition attack government: Pakistan’s opposition leaders attacked the government for “mishandling” the case. Pakistan People’s Party leader Sherry Rehman said, “We based our case on jurisdiction and it proved weak. More arguments should have been made regarding espionage.”
Pakistan Tahreek Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood asked “why the government had selected a lawyer who had not a single international law case reported from the UK Supreme Court and what was the reason to engage London Queen’s Counsel (QC) who was based in Qatar?” reports Dawn.
Senior PTI leader Shireen Mazari said, “Indian industrialist Sajjan Jandil’s secret meeting with Sharif in Murree (a hill resort near Islamabad) paid off. It was outcome of post-Jindal visit. The game of Sharifs-India was on. We could have withdrawn our consent to automatic acceptance of ICJ jurisdiction,” Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tahreek Insaf senior leader Shireen Mazari said.
8. India’s case emboldened: Senior advocate Harish Salve, who represented India at ICJ, said that India’s case on Kulbhushan Jadhav has been “emboldened” and “invigorated” with the first round of victory.
9. Indian opposition welcomes verdict: Indian opposition parties welcomed the decision. Senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said, “It is a matter of great relief for all the people of India. We were worried. The order of the International Court of Justice must be respected by the State of Pakistan.”
10: Pakistan to change legal team to fight Jadhav case: Pakistan’s advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that his country would form a new team of lawyers to fight Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the ICJ, says a report by Pakistani media The Nation. (With inputs from PTI)