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'Pakistan will accept ICJ's decision on Kulbhushan Jadhav'

'Pakistan will accept ICJ's decision on Kulbhushan Jadhav'

In a major diplomatic, moral and legal victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday asked Pakistan not to execute Jadhav pending its final decision and inform it of the steps being taken to implement the order.

Pakistani authorities say Jadhav confessed to being assigned by India's intelligence service to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities in Baluchistan "aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan".

Worldwide law expert Ahmer Bilal Soofi was of the view that Pakistan should prepare for the second phase of the case, which was "more important because it would be contested on merit and would provide Pakistan the chance to document India's intervention inside Pakistan through Jadhav".

"There have been cases when the court said you have to annul the process and go back". "It appears that the rights invoked by India under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention in the present case are plausible", Judge Abraham said. He has said that he appreciates efforts of advocate Harish Salve who represented India in the Jadhav case.

India had been unable to provide an explanation for Jadhav's passport which bears a Muslim name, Mohammed Faisal of the Pakistan Foreign Office said in his opening remarks in response to India's submissions earlier in the day.

Hours after the ICJ in The Hague pronounced its provisional order in the case, the External Affairs Ministry said the government will do everything possible to save the life of Jadhav. 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. In that respect, it is a limited interim order. Jadhav was "an innocent Indian national, who, incarcerated in Pakistan for more than a year on concocted charges. has been held incommunicado. and faces imminent execution", lawyer Deepak Mittal told the tribunal.

"Reacting to the development Kaif had tweeted", Congratulations India.Thanks to the International Court of Justice, justice has prevailed.

The UN Court virtually snubbed Pakistan by pronouncing that no execution will take place before the final decision. India had, last Monday, moved the court seeking immediate measures by the top court, in effect a stay, against the death sentence.

The court said it would set a date for ruling "as soon as possible". India took the bold decision of going to the ICJ after weighing the pros and cons - disregarding concerns that Pakistan could reciprocate in kind by internationalising every dispute between the two countries. "We need a dedicated team for Pakistan, loyal to the country".