Jadhav's ICJ case: Govt warns opposition to refrain from comments


Pakistan plans to change its team of lawyers, reports said today, a day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the country to halt for now the death sentence of Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Giving clear stance on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's case, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said it is an issue of Pakistan's national security and there will be no compromise on it.

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.

"Pakistan has perused the case involving Jadhav at the ICJ, taking into account the national security affairs and followed all the legal procedures under constitutional bindings", she said.

It also noted the urgency of the case since Pakistan had given "no assurance that Mr Jadhav will not be executed before the court has rendered its final decision".

The United Nations' highest court on Thursday prevented Pakistan from executing a former Indian naval officer, pending a final decision from the 11-judge bench later this year. He said that the decision is a major victory for India.

The ICJ's rulings are final and binding. "But (Jadhav) can not be executed until the stay order is there", Usmani said.

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.

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ICJ on Thursday began the proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case after India's appeal seeking stay over the death sentence awarded by a Pakistani court to alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

India, who said Jadhav is a retired Indian Navy officer-turned businessman, slammed Pakistan for carrying out a secretive, "farcical" trial.

He was arrested previous year and sentenced to death by Pakistan's military court of espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

Jadhav's case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India.

Jadhav was allegedly arrested from Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016.

In addition to this, the decision of the International Court of Justice was hailed by Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu. New Delhi says that he was kidnapped from Iran, where he ran a business.

The judges said India had a "plausible" argument that Pakistan violated global law by refusing to grant consular access to Jadhav.

As per the procedures involved, ICJ president Ronny Abraham is now expected to meet representatives of both nations to prepare a timeline for the filing of written submissions to take the case forward.