One day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, Pakistan has decided to challenge the decision, as reported by news channel India Today. The channel reported that Pakistan has filed an appeal in UN court against the interim order given by ICJ, demanding another hearing within 6 weeks. However, it added that Pakistan will not remove Barrister Khawar Qureshi from their ICJ legal team. Earlier in the day, Republic TV had reported that there can be changes in Pakistan’s legal team of Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali.
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The decision by International Court of Justice was a massive morale booster for India and for its chances of saving and bringing Jadhav back. The ICJ had 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.
Earlier in the day, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, the Indian judge on the ICJ bench, said Pakistan violated Kulbhushan Jadhav’s basic human rights by not allowing India consular access to him, reported news agency PTI. “The case gives rise to questions pertaining to the basic violation of human rights through the denial of consular access during the pendency of court proceedings in Pakistan, which culminated with Jadhav’s death sentence,” Judge Bhandari, who has been a member of the ICJ since April 2012, was quoted saying by the agency.