Following the International Court of Justice staying the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Ministry of External Affairs has praised the legal actions taken by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the matter. Minister of State (External Affairs) V. K Singh told ANI that the International Court of Justice approving India’s stand on the matter proved that the country had always been correct in stating that Pakistan had been involved in unnecessary politics by having Kulbhushan Jadhav tried at a military court and imposing the death penalty on him. V. K Singh also highly praised the efforts of External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, who gave her special attention to the matter.
Speaking to ANI, Singh said, “First and foremost we should all compliment our external affairs minister Sushma Ji for taking very keen interest and a great concern she has exhibited.” Singh added that the External Affairs Minister had called up everyone who could give legal advice. He added that Swaraj was herself a qualified lawyer and based on the legal advice she was able to gather, the central government was able to file a petition with the International Court of Justice and they agreed to stay the order. India has maintained its stand on the Kulbhushan Jadhav death row case, ever since Sushma Swaraj had said in Parliament that there was no evidence of the accused being involved in any questionable activities and his imprisonment and sentence was an act of premeditated murder, reported ANI. Meanwhile Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owausi told ANI, “It was an extraordinary move by Centre to move ICJ. Now Pakistan should respect decision and I hope Kulbhushan Jadhav is back safe.”
Earlier today, the ICJ had stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, given by a Pakistani military court, convicting him of spying. Pakistan had earlier refused to extradite the alleged spy in the month of April, following which the Indian government had stated that Pakistan should follow the established international practice with foreign nationals in its custody, PTI reported. In her reaction after the ICJ announcement, MEA Sushma Swaraj said, “Have spoken to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, told her about the order of President, ICJ under Art 74 Paragraph 4 of Rules of Court.”