Deadline for Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against death sentence ending today


In a provisional win for India, the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer whom Pakistan arrested previous year and convicted of espionage.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has blamed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) temporary stay of the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and asked him to clear his position in parliament.

In his weekly press briefing, hours after the ICJ asked Islamabad not to execute Jadhav till a final order is passed, Zakaria said the global court does not reserve any jurisdiction to hear a case that involves the national stability of Pakistan.

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.

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

Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in the southwestern province of Balochistan previous year and Pakistani officials claimed he had confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services RAW. While ICJ rejected the jurisdiction argument, Pakistani experts now believe that this was a "weak" and "damaging" claim, according to Dawn.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has submitted a resolution in Punjab Assembly against the stay of International Court of Justice in an Indian spy's case.

On the other hand, the Congress, which had earlier questioned the government's decision to take the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue to the ICJ said that New Delhi had been left with no option but to approach the ICJ.

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The 11-judge bench of ICJ on Thursday ruled that Pakistan can not execute Jadhav until the "final decision".

Harish Salve was also part of the team that successfully argued at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against a bid by Marshall Islands to sue India for violating the nuclear disarmament obligations.

Zakaria said, "After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle". The UN court ordered Pakistan not to execute Jadhav.

India and Pakistan routinely accuse one another of sending spies into their countries, and it is not uncommon for either nation to expel diplomats accused of espionage, particularly at times of high tension.

The UN Court virtually snubbed Pakistan by pronouncing that no execution will take place before the final decision.

London-based Barrister Rashid Aslam said Pakistan was ill-prepared and did not utilise the 90 minutes it had to make its argument.

It also remarked that Kulbhushan Jadhav should have been given consular access under Vienna Convention.