After India-Pak face-off, ICJ says ruling on Jadhav ‘as soon as possible’

India has demanded that Pakistan annul Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence

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India and Pakistan on Monday clashed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the fate of alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav with New Delhi invoking the court’s jurisdiction to see that the death sentence against him was annulled immediately.

Pakistan rejected the plea on the ground that India had no right to invoke the jurisdiction of the UN’s highest court because the Vienna Convention does not provide for matters relating to spies, terrorists and those who indulge in espionage.

However, Islamabad suffered a jolt when it was not allowed by the court to play the video containing a purported confession by Jadhav, a former navy official, who India says was abducted from Iran and taken to Balochistan.

At the end of the day’s proceedings, ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the verdict in the matter would be given “as soon as possible” and the date delivered in a public sitting.

The Indian case was put up strongly by noted lawyer Harish Salve who demanded that Pakistan should annul Jadhav’s death sentence and see that he was not executed as his trial was held under “farcical” circumstances in violation of the Vienna Convention.

“I urge the ICJ to ensure that Jadhav is not executed, Pakistan reports to this court that the action (of not executing him) is taken and that no action is taken that might prejudice the rights of India in the matter of Jadhav,” Salve said in his over 90-minute presentation.

The ICJ had last week “stayed” the execution on a petition by India, which approached the UN court after 46 years on an issue with Pakistan. (READ MORE)

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