1. Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: After ICJ snubs Pakistan, PM Narendra Modi expresses satisfaction, lauds Sushma Swaraj

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: After ICJ snubs Pakistan, PM Narendra Modi expresses satisfaction, lauds Sushma Swaraj

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj and expressed his satisfaction at the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the efforts of lead counsel Harish Salve and team

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj and expressed his satisfaction at the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the efforts of lead counsel Harish Salve and team, ANI reported. Earlier today, the ICJ had ordered the immediate suspension of the death sentence awarded to former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court. This order by the ICJ has come within 10 days of India’s approach to the ICJ, over Pakistan’s unfair trial and sentencing of Jadhav.

The ICJ today, unanimously stayed the impending hanging of Jadhav. Justice Ronny Abraham said that the ICJ had overruled Pakistan’s objection that the United Nationa did not have the jurisdiction to hold the hearing of the case. He said that both India and Pakistan were bound by the Vienna Convention and accepted the former’s demand to have consular access to Jadhav. The ICJ said that Pakistan could not go forward with the death sentence given to Jadhav until the final judgement on the case was released by the International Court of Justice. The final verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case will be announced in August, this year.

Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj also went on twitter to compliment her team of officers on the success. The tweets, which were also retweeted by PrM Modi sid, “compliment my team of officers in the MEA for their tireless efforts and hard work. I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save #KulbhushanJadhav. We are grateful to Mr.Harish Salve for presenting India’s case so effectively before ICJ. The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India.”


It must be remembered that Kulbhushan Jadhav, was former Navy officer, who had been kidnapped from Iran and then arrested by Pakistan on March 3, 2016. He had been charged with allegations of espionage and subversive activities. On April 10, he had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court after a secret trial, without any concrete proof. Jadhav’s alleged confession was also released by the Pakistani authorities. However, the tape has been edited multiple times. Moreover, Islamabad has also not provided any consular access to India despite 16 attempts.

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