Kulbhushan Jadhav's Friends Welcome UN Court Ruling With Fire Crackers

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

Responding to a question, Rohatgi asserted that the ICJ's interim verdict on Thursday was binding on both India and Pakistan.

He said the human rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir is deteriorating. "It is clear that as long as a final decision does not come Jadhav should be safe", he said, adding that the ruling would help in finding remedy to "violation of Jadhav's rights and also the violation of global convention by Pakistan".

Pakistani representative Mohammad Faisal on Monday showed judges a copy of an Indian passport Jadhav was said to have been carrying at the time of his arrest in the name of Hussein Mubarak Patel.

Mr Jadhav, 47, was arrested in March 2016 and Pakistani officials claimed he had confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services.

India's external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, tweeted that the "ICJ order has come as a huge relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India".

While Indian partisans celebrated the court order, experts said Pakistan's powerful military could still take the high-risk decision to proceed with the execution and defy the court - for which there is precedent.

India has argued that Jadhav was wrongly convicted for spying.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Attorney General's Office said the ICJ has just maintained status quo in the case and Islamabad is determined to pursue this case to its logical end. "Now, the government of India must use this decision to see that Jadhav comes back home safely", Tewari said. India will definitely save Kulbhushan Jadhav because there is no evidence against him. He said Pakistan's reply to ICJ was in line with Article 36 (2) of the Vienna Convention that Pakistan does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICJ in this case.

The court asked Pakistan to take "all measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav is not executed till a final decision is taken.

The stay order was issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). "As for Jadhav he should be provided a fair trial regardless", he said.

  • Leroy Wright