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ICJ order in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: 'Don't execute him, India should have been given consular access as per Vienna convention'

India had on Monday presented its arguments in front of the highest judiciary body demanding an immediate suspension of the death sentence awarded to Indian citizen and former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan’s military court

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 ICJ to decide shortly whether to order Pakistan to suspend death penalty of Indian national

ICJ to decide shortly whether to order Pakistan to suspend death penalty of Indian national

New Delhi :  

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday asked Pakistan to grant India consular access in Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty case.

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# It's a matter of great relief for all the people of India. Order of #ICJ must be respected by the state of Pakistan: Anand Sharma, Congress

# Big strategic win for India. We hope Pakistan will abide it (ICJ order): Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on ICJ order

# Welcome this decision. Manner in which they (Pakistan) have conducted the trial is not the appropriate way: Kapil Sibal

#  It's a great vindication of India's stand and the entire Indian team at Hague deserves to be congratulated: Arun Jaitley on ICJ verdict

#  We hope it will help remedy egregious violations of Jadhav's rights & violations of international convention by Pak: MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay

# It's essential and first step ensuring justice to Jadhav: Baglay

# EAM ensured in parliament that govt ensure people of India that every necessary action would be taken to save jadhav: Gopal Baglay

# This is matter of great relief and sure every Indian would have got great good relief. Kulbhushan Jadhav could not be executed : Gopal Baglay

# ICJ unanimous favourable and unambiguous decision. ICJ has told pak to take all measure to ensure Jadhav not hanged till final decision taken : Gopal Baglay, spokesperson MEA

# Nation is very happy. There is no evidence against #KulbhushanJadhav, trial against him is illegal, void & abusive: PP Chaudhary

# India desperately tried to divert the world attention by presenting Kulbhushan's case from humanitarian angle: Pak Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

# India is trying to defend a person whose actions led to killing of scores of innocent Pakistanis-Pak Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

# Pakistan will present solid evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav in the International Court: Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson

# Pak does not accept ICJ's jurisdiction in national security matters, says Pak foreign ministry spokesperson 

# India has been 'trying to hide its real face' by taking the case of KulbhushanJadhav to ICJ: Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson

# ICJ's decision to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav gives people of India a deep sense of satisfaction and relief: HM Rajnath Singh

# PM expresses satisfaction at ICJ judgement in Jadhav case

# Strongly welcome the ICJ stay on Kulbushan Jadhav's execution. Entire country is united in ensuring his safe release: Arvind Kejriwal

# Comprehensive & unambiguous decision. We've managed to save K Jadhav from jaws of death: Tilak Devasher (Former Spcl Secy,Cabinet Secretariat) 

# GoI must use the ICJ decision as a trigger to bring #KulbhushanJadhav back. ICJ has given a favorable decision: Manish Tewari, Congress

# PM speaks to EAM Sushma Swaraj, expresses satisfaction at today's order of ICJ, and the efforts of Harish Salve and the team: Sources

#I compliment my team of officers in the MEA for their tireless efforts and hard work: Sushma Swaraj 

# Victory of crores of Indians & the truth. I want to congratulate Govt: Dalbir Kaur (Sarabjit's sister) on ICJ verdict 

# I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save Kulbhushan Jadhav: Sushma Swaraj

# We are grateful to Mr.Harish Salve for presenting India's case so effectively before ICJ: Sushma Swaraj

# The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India: Sushma Swaraj 

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

# Hope that final decision also comes India's way and we can see Mr.Jadhav come back home: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

# Indian stand is victorious, congratulate all concerned persons, especially the External Affairs Ministry: AG Mukul Rohatgi

# The 150 day period for clemency given by Pakistan which ends in August suggests that the execution can happen immediately thereafter:  ICJ

# The decision to stay KulbhushanJadhav's execution pending ICJ hearing is unanimous: ICJ President

# Appropriate to say that Pak shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure KulbhushanJadhav is not executed pending final decision: ICJ

# International Court of Justice stays death sentence given to KulbhushanJadhav by Pakistani military court until further notice

# The circumstances of #KulbhushanJadhav's arrest remains disputed, says ICJ judge

# Rights invoked by India under the Vienna Convention are plausible: ICJ Judge Ronny Abraham

# India should have been given consular access as per Vienna convention: ICJ Judge Ronny Abraham

# India has the right to access to its national: ICJ Judge Ronny Abraham 

# Acts alleged by India fall in the Vienna convention which guarantees the state to be given access to its citizen: ICJ

# The circumstances of #KulbhushanJadhav's arrest remains disputed, says ICJ judge

On Monday, India had presented its arguments in front of the highest judiciary body demanding an immediate suspension of the death sentence awarded to Indian citizen and former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan’s military court, as the Jadhav was not allowed consular access during the trial. 

In its defence, Islamabad accused New Delhi of using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” through a “misconceived” plea.

The two neighbours—who last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft—India took the Jadhav case to the world court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence”.

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After hearing the arguments of the two sides, the court said it will issue its order on India’s request for provisional measures “as soon as possible”. “The date on which this order will be delivered at a public sitting will be duly communicated to the parties,” the court said.

India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over.

However, Pakistan asserted that Jadhav’s execution was not imminent, saying that a time frame of 150 days is provided for seeking clemency and in Jadhav’s case even if it started on April 10, 2017, the date of his conviction, the period could extend to well beyond August, 2017.

Following India’s arguments, Pakistan, in its submission before the UN’s highest judicial body, said India’s application on Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities last month, was “unnecessary and misconceived” and must be dismissed.

India has seen it fit to use the International Court of Justice as a stage for “political theatre” but “we will not respond in kind”, Mohammad Faisal of the Pakistan Foreign Office said in his opening remarks in response to India’s submissions earlier in the day.

Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy” involved in terror activities, Pakistan asserted.

The ICJ also denied permission to Pakistan to play a purported “confessional” video of Jadhav at the public hearing in Hague.

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First Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 03:44 PM

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