Soon after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) snubbed Pakistan and asked it to ensure that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed until a final decision has been taken in this case, senior attorney Harish Salve who is India’s counsel at the ICJ, expressed his happiness at the court’s order. Speaking to Republic TV, Salve said, “Pakistan will face sanctions from the United Nations if it doesn’t comply with the orders of the International Court of Justice.”
“The court had an objection with the fact that Jadhav was not granted consular access,” Salve added further. Salve’s statements came soon after the ICJ suspended the execution of the former Indian naval officer after he was held guilty by a Pakistani military court.
External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj praised Salve for presenting Jadhav’s case before the court so effectively. Swaraj took to Twitter and said, “We are grateful to Mr.Harish Salve for presenting India’s case so effectively before ICJ.” Earlier Swaraj had also disclosed the information that Salve has charged Re 1 for fighting for Jhadav at the ICJ.
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While reading out the verdict on the initial hearing in the case earlier today, Justice Ronny Abraham said that the Court overrules Pakistan’s objection that the UN court had no jurisdiction in the case. ICJ accepted India’s concerns on Jadhav case and refused to accept Pakistan’s claims against Jadhav.
“Both India and Pakistan are bound by the Vienna Convention. The world court accepts India’s demand for consular access to the former naval officer, Abraham added further. The ICJ has also asked Pakistan to take all measures to assure that Jadhav is not executed until the final decision in the case is announced by the ICJ in August.