Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Gopal Baglay on Thursday reflected on the International Court of Justice’s staying of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence. Baglay said that it was a matter of great relief for India. He reminded the assembled media about External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s promise in Parliament when she had said that the central government would be doing everything to ensure justice for Jadhav. Baglay said that International Court of Justice’s order constituted an ‘essential first step’ in ensuring justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Baglay said that the government hoped, the ICJ’s order would remedy the egregious violations of Jadhav’s rights and the violations of the international convention by Pakistan. He said that India was a law abiding country and it expected others to follow the International law. He spoke about the Pakistani authorities and said that they must remember that the order of the International Court of Justice was legally binding. Earlier in the day, the ICJ had announced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and had dismissed Pakistan’s claim that it did not have jurisdiction over the matter.
The ICJ had observed that both India and Pakistan were a part of the Vienna Convention and were legally bound to follow it. 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.
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.