Hague: In a significant diplomatic win for India, The International Court of Justice announced the verdict extending a stay on the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Indian citizen convicted over alleged espionage in Pakistan. A 15-member judging panel headed by Justice Abdulqwai Yusuf pronounced the judgment at Peace Palace, Hague in Netherlands on Wednesday evening.
The court however called off India’s demand to annual military Court’s conviction on Jadhav. ICJ extended the stay on Jadhav’s execution over the pending Pakistan review petition and ICJ’s reconsideration of conviction based as per ICJ ruling on councilor access rights were violated. ICJ directed Pakistan to allow councilor access to Jadhav, a constant demand by India.
Pakistan contended that Jadhav cannot be provided councilor access as he was arrested over espionage and terror activities. The court reminded Pakistan about the Vienna conviction and stressed Jadhav should be allowed councilor access. ICJ made final observation that Pakistan violated Vienna Convention by denying Jadhav the right to councilor access.