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  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Ind-Pak at ICJ after 18 yrs

    May 15, 2017

    A Pakistani military court awarded death sentence to former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav for alleged espionage and subversive activities.

    India denied that he has any connection with the government and charged that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was engaged in business after retiring from the Indian Navy. However, Pakistan claimed to have arrested him from Balochistan in March 2016.

    India on May 8 moved a petition before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the UN's principal judicial organ to seek justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) optional protocol by Pakistan (which both countries are signatory to) after its 16 requests for consular access to Jadhav was consistently denied.

    Following India's petition, the ICJ ordered temporary suspension of the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by Pakistan. Pakistan strongly opposed ICJ's ruling and said it does not accept it's jurisdiction to order Pakistan on issues that involve its national stability.

    India has asked the ICJ to declare the death sentence illegal, being violative of international law and treaty rights, and restrain Pakistan from acting in violation of the Vienna Convention and international law and directing it to release the convicted Indian National.

    The  ICJ is holding a public hearing where India and Pakistan will present their case over the contentious Jadhav issue. The ICJ was a battlefield for India and Pakistan nearly 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft. A 16-judge bench of the court on June 21, 2000 voted 14-2 to dismiss Pakistan's claim.
     


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