The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has delivered it’s verdict and has asked Pakistan to review the death sentence punishment awarded to Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, states media reports and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
The president of International Court of Justice (ICJ) Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has given relief to India and Jadhav by stating that Pakistan has violated laws and denied consular access to Jadhav. By not allowing India it’s right to have consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention, stated the verdict. The ICJ has also asked Pakistan to review the death sentence awarded to Jadhav which is a clear win for India.
Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, claimed to be a former Indian navy officer by the Indian Government, was arrested in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan on March 3, 2016 on the charges of Espionage, Sabotage and terrorism. The Pakistan court found him guilty of terrorism and spying for Indian Intelligence Agency, the Research and Analysis wing (RAW).
On April 10, Jadhav was awarded death sentence by a Field General Court Martial also called as Military court in Pakistan. This caused an outrage in India and the Indian Government raised the issue in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and sought it’s intervention in Jadhav’s case. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) also known as World court was set up in 1946 whose primary function is to settle international legal disputes.
On May 18, 2017, the Hague-based ICJ which is the United Nation’s top court, had given interim relief to Indian side by putting Jadhav’s execution on hold. The ICJ’s intervention in Jadhav’s case began when New Delhi asked Islamabad to annul Jadhav’s death sentence. India’s lawyer, Harish Salve, told the ICJ in February that Jadhav’s case was based on malicious propaganda in which the Pakistan’s lawyer countered by accusing Jadhav of terrorism.
The ICJ had previously issued an urgent order in 2017 directing Pakistan to put a stay on Jadhav’s execution while it dealt with the issue in more details. Indian Foreign Ministry claimed on April 10, 2017, that Jadhav was, “kidnapped last year from Iran and his subsequent presence has never been explained credibly.” Where they also claimed that Jadhav owned a small cargo business in Iran. India also recognised Jadhav as a former Indian Naval officer and denied any link with the government and his involvement in any subversive activities.
The government also accused Islamabad of violating the Vienna convention by failing to provide consular access and for breaking the human rights law.
On the other hand Pakistan claimed that Jadhav’s arrest on March 3, 2016 was during a counter intelligence operation in Baluchistan claiming Jadhav serving as a commander in Indian Navy and that he is involved in subversive activities in Pakistan.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was born on April 16, 1970, having an India citizenship as born in Sangli, Maharashtra, India, and his family has been residing in Powai, Mumbai. Son to an ex-police officer, Jadhav has served previously in Indian Navy before retiring to start his business in Iran.
(With inputs from ANI)