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Worldwide court orders Pakistan to halt execution of alleged Indian spy

Worldwide court orders Pakistan to halt execution of alleged Indian spy

Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in the southwestern province of Balochistan on charges of being an Indian spy and fueling unrest across the troubled province.

"ICJ's decision to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav gives people of India a deep sense of satisfaction and relief", said Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Pakistan said legal process is ongoing and that it had met its obligations under the Vienna treaty on consularrelations.

The BJP today celebrated the decision of the International Court of Justice to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav as yet another feather in the cap of "decisive leader" Narendra Modi.

The lawyer further justified the ICJ's decision to deliver a quick ruling a mere 10 days after India filed its case at the Hague court.

Pakistan had proposed to the court on May 15 that a final hearing be held on the merits of the case as early as possible, according to the statement.

While the masterminds of horrific Mumbai attack are yet to face any kind of justice in Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested and sentenced in less than a year in a closed-door trial by a military court.

Dr. Deepak Mittal, joint secretary of India's Ministry of External Affairs, left, and Moazzam Ahmad Khan, head of Pakistan's delegation and ambassador, second right, wait for judges to enter and read the World Court's verdict in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, May 18.

"After India stood exposed in state sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention from presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle", he said.

The sequence of events, Mr Salve said, had started with an interview to NDTV, where he spoke of the possibility of approaching the International Court of Justice.

In 1998, a Paraguayan man was executed for murder in Virginia despite the worldwide court's order urging the United States to halt his execution in a similar case involving the right to consular access.

"In our submissions on 15 May, we had assured the Court unambiguously that Commander Jadhav would be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law to defend his case".

The unanimous decision by ICJ is considered a victory for New Delhi over its bitter rival.

The 40-day period for former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against the death sentence handed to him by a Pakistani military court ends on Friday. But while giving its preliminary verdict today, the court said it has "no limitation" to consider the case.

A lawyer for Pakistan added that a bilateral agreement allows either country to decide on consular access in cases involving "political or security" issues.

"Pakistan's claim that Jadhav is a spy not valid". But death sentences have rarely been issued in recent years.