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Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Pakistan cannot hang Jadhav till final hearing, says ICJ


The Hague (Netherlands): The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer convicted of alleged espionage and terrorism, till it gives a final decision on New Delhi’s petition to annul his death sentence.

In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India…I assure the nation that we will leave no stone unturned to save (him).”

PM Narendra Modi retweeted Swaraj’s statement to indicate the government’s resolve to bring Jadhav hoem.

Ronny Abraham, president of the United Nations’ highest court in The Hague, said: “Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order.”

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In its “provisional measures” that were adopted unanimously, the 12-judge tribunal said it would remain “seized of the matters” which form the subject of its order until it gives its final judgement.

The order came three days after India and Pakistan presented their arguments, which has further strained bilateral relations.

Pakistan says Jadhav (46) was arrested in March last year in the restive Balochistan province. In April, a military court sentenced him to death for alleged involvement in spying and subversive activities. India has contended he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar and his secret trial was a “farce”.