Deadline for Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against death sentence ending today


According to a report in The Nation, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday said that Pakistan's counsel had courageously presented the country's stance in International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

In its order indicating provisional measures, which was adopted unanimously, the Court also stated that the Government of Pakistan shall inform it of all measures taken in implementation of that Order.

He said Pakistan's security is very important to them and they have to maintain it as their fundamental sovereign right.

He said the ICJ verdict on Jadhav proves that the somewhere the global court believes that there is substance in India's allegations. "There is considerable uncertainty as to when decision on any appeal is rendered or when Jadhav will be executed", said ICJ President Judge Ronny Abraham.

Some Pakistanis have now begun to ask questions about why Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was denied consular access.

Pakistan alleges that Jadhav was working as an Indian spy when he was arrested in the southwestern province of Baluchistan in March 2016.

"The ICJ was not going to say don't give consular access", Hamdani said.

Rulings by the U.N.'s highest court are final and binding on the countries involved.

"Pakistan should not execute Jadhav pending final proceedings".

Before the ICJ India can only argue that the route taken by Pakistan to arrive at a death sentence is violative of the principles of Vienna Convention which is a multilateral treaty, Harish Salve explains.

The Pakistan government is facing flak over the handling of the case at the ICJ where it suffered a massive blow after the court stayed Jadhav's death sentence and allowed him counselor access. In April this year, a Pakistani military court found him guilty of spying and sentenced him to death. Also, India's allegations against Pakistan are related to the terms of the Vienna Convention and hence, ICJ does have jurisdiction, regardless of the 2008 bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan.

The statement said Pakistan would take the case to the "logical end" and that India had no substance in the case.

But India has maintained he is not a spy, and has accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access, as well as breaking worldwide human rights law.

Hours later, Pakistan told the world court that the execution was not imminent and that Mr Jadhav had time at least till August for legal remedies.

India has maintained that Mr Jadhav had long retired from the navy, and that he was kidnapped from Iran while there on personal business, and smuggled into Pakistan.