1. Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case ICJ verdict: UN court rules in favour of India; Pakistan cries foul

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case ICJ verdict: UN court rules in favour of India; Pakistan cries foul

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case: In a major boost to India's diplomatic prowess, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague today stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 12:22 AM
Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case: In a major boost to India’s diplomatic prowess, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague today stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case: In a major boost to India’s diplomatic prowess, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague today stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The UN Court virtually snubbed Pakistan by pronouncing that no execution will take place before the final decision. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. Prime Minister Naredra Modi has expressed satisfaction at the Judgement. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to assure the nation that under the leadership of PM Modi, the government will leave no stone unturned to save Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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11:45 pm: The artist has participated in more than 50 International sand sculpture championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country. He said he has always tried to spread messages through his sand sculpture around the world.

11:30 pm: The 4-feet high sculpture was created by using about three tons of sand, informed Pattnaik. “I was happy to join the entire country in welcoming the judgement of the ICJ by creating the sand art,” he said. He had also created a sand sculpture on Jadhav two days ago.

11:00 pm: Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture to join the nation in welcoming the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav. Pattnaik said he created the sand sculpture with a message ‘Satyameva Jayate, India is with you’ on the Puri beach to welcome the ICJ’s judgement on Jadhav. With inputs from PTI.

Sudharshan Pattnaik’s creation. (PTI)

10:29 pm: Hours after International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision on Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistani media house Dawn has questioned Pakistan’s stand on the international hearing. Website of the newspaper comes up with a article that read ‘We made a mistake: Criticism at home over ICJ decision.’

10:15 pm: Welcoming the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision on Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Jammu and Kashmir government said today that India and Pakistan must shun the legacy of animosity and confrontation and work
towards peace and prosperity, reported PTI.

9:53 pm: Hailing India’s performance at the International Court of Justice, VHP international working president Pravin Togadia told PTI, “Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and the entire legal team which forcefully argued the Indian case before the World Court. They have done India proud.”

9:16 pm: Pakistan’s Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah today said Islamabad would accept the decision of the International Court of Justice on the Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death row, reported PTI.

9:00 pm: CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury noted the ICJ has reiterated its earlier position that Pakistan should wait till the time the international court disposes of the case. Speaking to PTI, he said “It is just a continuation of its earlier understanding.”

8:50 pm: Delhi Chief Minster and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said that the entire country is united in ensuing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s safe release.

8:42 pm: Describing the order as ‘positive’, CPI’s national secretary D Raja hailed the ICJ for making it clear that India has every right to provide consular access to Jadhav. “Now, Pakistan will have to respect the order and abide by it,” the Left leader told PTI.

8:28 pm: Expressing his satisfaction over ICJ’s verdicts, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to ANI, “Big setback to Pakistan. They’ve been rebuffed and rebuked because they tried to mislead the court. Pakistan’s lies have been exposed.”

8:19 pm: Speaking upon the ICJ verdict of suspending Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, Congress leader Anand Sharma told ANI, “It’s a matter of great relief for all the people of India. Order of #ICJ must be respected by the state of Pakistan.”

7:49 pm: Hitting back at World Court’s verdict of suspending Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, head of Pakistan’s delegation at the ICJ, Moazzam Ahmad Khan said, that what the court had pronounced was ‘very basic.’ “The court has said nothing on the merits or the maintainability of the case against Jadhav,” CNN News 18 quoted him saying.

7:41 pm: As per Republic TV, Sherry Rehman from the Pakistan’s Peoples Party (PPP) claimed that Pakistan’s argument at the ICJ was weak.

7:32 pm: Speaking upon the ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu told ANI, “Major victory. Justice prevails, great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and to the nation. It has exposed Pakistan.”
7:18 pm: Speaking to CNN News 18, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Our entire case was built on denial of safeguard which is recognized internationally.” All these measures are in the direction to bring back Kulbhushan Jadhav, he added further.

7:05 pm: Expressing his take on the International Court of Justice’s verdict to suspend Khubhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, Senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal told ANI, “Welcome this decision. Manner in which they (Pakistan) have conducted the trial is not the appropriate way.” Once India gets consular access, there will be right of appeal, any assistance is needed, I will be happy to help Kulbhushan family, Sibal added further

7:00 pm: Hours after ICJ’s verdict to suspend Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah welcomed the World Court’s decision calling it to be a big relief to the nation. Taking to Twitter Shah said, “India welcomes ICJ’s decision to stay the execution of #KulbhushanJadhav. This brings immense relief to his family and to the entire nation.” Further praising the External Affairs Minister, Shah wrote: “This is a result of tireless efforts of our MEA Smt @SushmaSwaraj and her team, that handled the matter proactively.”

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6:38 pm: It’s a great vindication of India’s stand and the entire Indian team at Hague deserves to be congratulated, says Arun Jaitley.

6:27 pm: News channels across Pakistan calling its strategy at ICJ ‘mistake’, saying jurisdiction argument was ‘weak and damaging’, according to CNN NEWS 18 report.

6:25 pm: We all know that Pakistan has nourished terrorism and imposed it on India, says Baglay.

6:19 pm: The ICJ will decide the next date of hearing, says MEA.

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6:17 pm: We hope it will help remedy egregious violations of Jadhav’s rights & violations of international convention by Pakistan: MEA

6:15 pm: India is a law abiding country and we expect others to follow International law, says Baglay.

6:13 pm: I hope concerned authorities in Pakistan have heard, ICJ said that this order creates legally binding international obligation, says Baglay.

6:10 pm: The provisional relief constitutes the essential first step towards justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav, says MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

6:08 pm: We will bring back Jadhav and we must leave no stone unturned, says Baglay.

6:06 pm: The matter is a great relief for India, says Baglay.

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6:04 pm: Government will do everything possible to ensure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav, says MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

6:02 pm: Nation is very happy. There is no evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav, trial against him is illegal. void and abusive, says PP Chaudhary, MoS Law.

5:55 pm: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s friends distributed sweets and burst crackers after ICJ stayed Jadhav’s execution.

5:41 pm: India is trying to defend a person whose actions led to killing of scores of innocent Pakistanis, says Pakistan Foreign Ministry.

5:39 pm: India deliberately tried to divert the attention by presenting Kulbhushan Jadav case from humanitarian angle, says Pakistan Foreign Ministry.

5:25 pm: Relief and satisfaction as the ICJ order has come- Rule of Law has won. Congratulations to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the entire Hague team. ICJ verdict endorses the relevance and necessity of procedural and substantive fairness which was denied by Pakistan. Well done! HarishSalve – you have done India Proud, says Arun Jaitley.

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5:23 pm: When you have a rogue state on your border, we have to prepare for a military option: Swamy to Times Now

5:20 pm: There is no civilian court in Pakistan; the ICJ verdict applies to civilian government: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to Times Now

5:03 pm: While a battery of legal luminaries worked hard for former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at The Hague, his friends did their bit back home in Mumbai — with prayers seeking a favourable verdict from the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

5:02 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the ICJ’s decision to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav gives the people of India a deep sense of satisfaction and relief. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has done a commendable job. The government led by PM Narendra Modi will go to any extent to save Kulbhushan Jadhav, he posted on Twitter.

4:40 pm: I compliment my team of officers in the MEA for their tireless efforts and hard work, says Swaraj.

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4:38 pm: Government of India must use the ICJ decision as a trigger to bring Kulbhushan Jadhav back. ICJ has given a favorable decision, says Congress leader Manish Tewari.

4:33 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses satisfaction at the judgement of International Court of Justice, according to PTI.

4:31 pm: PM Narendra Modi speaks to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, expresses satisfaction at today’s order of ICJ, and the efforts of Harish Salve and the team, according to ANI report.

4:28 pm: Pakistan will face sanctions from the UN if it doesn’t comply with the ICJ’s order: Harish Salve to Republic TV.

4:28 pm: Victory of crores of Indians & the truth. I want to congratulate government, says Dalbir Kaur (Sarabjit’s sister) on ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case.

4:26 pm: I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Swaraj.

4:24 pm: Minister of External affairs Sushma Swaraj says, “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 familly of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India.”

4:22 pm: Still, there is a long way to go; Pak is a civilized country and will follow the verdict: Former Pakistan Ambassador to UN, according to CNN News 18.

4:17 pm: Congratulate India, congratulate government of India: Harish Salve to Republic TV.

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4:15 pm: I am very happy, Harish Salve to CNN News 18

4:08 pm: International Court of Justice stays death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani military court until further notice.

4:05 pm: Hope that final decision also comes India’s way and we can see Mr. Jadhav come back home, says Rohatgi.

4:03 pm: ICJ to monitor Pakistan’s treatment of Jadhav.

4:02 pm: The entire thing was a charade,Pakistan completely blown by this decision.The decision is certainly binding for both states, says AG Mukul Rohatgi

4:00 pm: Indian stand is victorious, congratulate all concerned persons,especially the External Affairs Ministry, says AG Mukul Rohatgi.

3:55 pm: Pakistan must take all steps to ensure that Jadhav is not executed, says ICJ

3:51 pm: ICJ: Both parties bounded by Vienna convention

3:50 pm: The case falls under Vienna convention, says Judge Ronny Abraham

3:46 pm: India should have been given consular access as per Vienna convention, says ICJ Judge Ronny Abraham

3:44 pm: UN Court says no need to consider Pakistan’s objection, says TV report.

3:42 pm: A public sitting is going on at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

3:40 pm: UN Court says circumstances of arrest remains in dispute, according to TV report.

3:38 pm: India sought consular access, says India Today report

3:36 pm: 11 judges will pronounce the verdict, says TV reports

3:31 pm: President of the Court Judge Ronny Abraham is reading out the court’s decision

3:25 pm: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague will deliver its verdict in the much-awaited Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case shortly.

3:17 pm: ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear case of Indian RAW agent as it pertains to the security of Pakistan, says Foreign Office Spokesperson, according to CNN News18 report.

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3:15 pm: It will be a big success for India and a setback for Pakistan if the death sentence of Jadhav is suspended by the ICJ. Where on the one hand, India’s hopes regarding Jadhav will revive, on the other, Pakistan’s relations with the other nations will suffer, affecting the country multi-laterally and economically.

3:10 pm: Students of a school in Moradabad hold special ceremony in support of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

2:49 pm: People across the country are offering prayers for Kulbhushan Jhadav as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will shortly pronounce the verdict on India’s 11 page appeal to the international court seeking justice for the former naval officer who was awarded death sentence by a Pakistan military court. However, as per an India Today report, Pakistan has said that ICJ verdict not a binding on us.

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2:30 pm: The rights of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations are sacrosanct, Salve had said at the ICJ, citing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that recognises that no one can be arbitrarily deprived of their lives. India had not been given the copy of the charges filed against Jadhav. The need for a wholesome compliance is greater when charges are serious. We want appropriate legal representation for Kulbhushan Jadhav, he had said.

2:25 pm: The US had urged India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce tension as they faced-off at the International Court of Justice over the the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

2:19 pm: Harish Salve, who fought India’s case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, has charged Re 1 as fee, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said. “Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs. 1/- as his fee for this case (sic),” Swaraj tweeted.

2:10 pm: Notably, it is after 18 years that the two neighbours were fighting it out at the ICJ. Last time, Pakistan had moved the ICJ seeking its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.

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2:05 pm: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) denied permission to Pakistan to play a six-minute confessional video of Jadhav which India terms as a statement taken forcible in captivity.

1:59 pm: The ICJ ruling had made it clear that pending the meeting of the court, the President may call upon the parties to act in such a way as will enable any order the court may make on the request for provisional measures to have its appropriate effects.

1:52 pm: “Both sides avoided going into the facts trial; they went into the jurisdiction aspect. And therefore, Harish Salve argued that death sentences should be stayed immediately. And the trial was a ‘kangaroo trail’. Pakistan, on the other side, used the jurisdiction. So,  therefore, both the countries are looking forward to the ICJ’s verdict which will have to decide all the jurisdiction and whether Vienna Convention allows consular access. We want consular access,” Defence expert Ranjeet Rai told ANI.

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1:45 pm: Pakistan told the ICJ the Vienna Convention provisions on consular access did not apply to a spy involved in terror activities. The neighbouring country also had accused India of using the world body as a stage for political theatre in the Jadhav case, the reports say.

1:42 pm: Pakistan has violated all conventions whether it is human rights or the Vienna Convention, or be the consular access or even the question of whether the ICJ has the jurisdiction in this case or not. Pakistan will stand totally exposed in its hypocricy and for the premeditated murder of an innocent person. There is no doubt in my mind that Pakistan will be in for a mighty condemnation, Defence expert PK Sehgal told ANI.

1:37 pm: Pakistan, on its part, told ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a ‘spy’. It also accused India of using the international body for political theatrics.

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1:31 pm: Pakistan raised the confession statement of Jadhav as a base of its argument and accused India of using the ICJ for its “political theatrics.” India termed that the confession of Jadhav was forcibly taken by the military while in captivity and he was tried by a military court in Pakistan.

1:27 pm: Qureshi told the court that Pakistan had given India all information regarding Jadhav’s investigation, but didn’t receive any response from New Delhi.

1:23 pm: Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi, while presenting Islamabad’s stance in the ICJ on death sentence handed to Jadhav, said that the former naval officer entered Islamabad through Iran using a fake passport.

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1:19 pm: Pakistan told the ICJ the Vienna Convention provisions on consular access did not apply to a spy involved in terror activities.

1:15 pm: Pakistan claimed to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.

1:09 pm: India asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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1:04 pm: Signature campaign, yajna are being organised across the country, according to TV report.

1:01 pm: The case is argued at the ICJ by its lead attorney Harish Salve.

12:59 pm: India is represented by its ‘Agent’ Deepak Mittal, who is the head of the Pakistan division in the external affairs ministry.

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12:55 pm: India had expressed fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over.

12:52 pm: During its submission to the ICJ on May 15 at a public hearing, India had demanded the immediate annulment of Jadhav’s death sentence, say reports.

12:48 pm: India had approached the ICJ on May 8, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a farcical trial for convicting Jadhav without a shred of evidence following which the court had stayed his execution.

12:45 pm: It has been learned that India’s request for consular access to Jadhav was turned down 16 times.

Also Read- Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict by ICJ at 3.30 PM today: Top 5 arguments by India, Pakistan; what to expect

12:39 pm: Later, Jadhav was sentenced to death by the military court in Pakistan on charges of  espionage and subversive activities, reports say.

12:36 pm: Jadhav was arrested on March 3 last year.

12:34 pm: Kulbhushan Jadhav is a former Indian Navy officer.

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12:32 pm: The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will deliver its Order on the request for the indication of provisional measures made by India in the Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan), on Thursday 18 May 2017, ICJ said in a statement.

12:30 pm: A public sitting will take place at 12 noon (local time) at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the Court, will read the court’s decision,” the international court said in a release.

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    kushal kumar
    May 19, 2017 at 5:03 am
    The ru is being counted as a big win for India and a massive blow to stan who had challenged even the jurisdiction of the ICJ to the case. It may be alright to share with readers here the prophesy of this Vedic astrology writer touching upon, by implication , the big win at The Hague in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media ( tota 80 newspapers and news magazines) last year in October and November 2016. WHILE SAYING THAT APRIL TO JULY IN 2017 MAY PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES AND REALISATION OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES TO AN EXTENT , IT WAS ALSO PREDICTED THAT DURING THE SAID PERIOD , CERTAIN ENCOURAGING OR POSITIVE THINGS COULD TAKE SHAPE IN NATIONAL SCENE.
    1. Roshini Ranjan
      May 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm
      International Court of Justice said stan to hold the death sentence of Khulbhushan jadhav till the final verdict that is August. Thank God. Lets save kulbhushan yadav from stan
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        Nishit Kr. Mukherjee
        May 18, 2017 at 10:12 pm
        125 crores of Indian citizen salutes Indian Legal Team for their splendid performance.We are all beside Kul Bhusan Yadav and his family members .

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