Jadhav case: Pak to form new team of lawyers

Gladys Abbott
May 20, 2017

The UN's highest judicial body also asked Pakistan to take "all measures" to ensure that Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.

In its order indicating provisional measures, which was adopted unanimously, the Court also stated that the Pakistan Government shall inform it of all measures taken in implementation of that order.

"The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order", a press release from the global court said.

India had challenged Jadhav's sentence last week, basing its arguments around what it says have been violations of the Vienna Convention's rules on giving countries access to their citizens accused of crime on a foreign soil.

The CPI termed as "highly objectionable" the stance Pakistan took after the ICJ passed the order on Thursday and condemned the neighbouring country's stand of denying consular access to Jadhav.

His statement was in conflict with that of the foreign office which said Pakistan does not accept ICJ's jurisdiction in matters related to the national security.

Pakistani representatives, however, told the court Jadhav had confessed to having been sent by India "to wage terror on the innocent civilians and infrastructure of Pakistan".

"The International community must put pressure on Pakistan".

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To a question, the minister of state said that the Indian spy will be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law and the Constitution of Pakistan.

The case - a rare foray for the two South Asian nations into the worldwide courts - has highlighted the recent sharp upsurge in tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

"Examining India's argument that is a risk of irreparable prejudice, it said, "...

During its submission to the ICJ on May 15, India had demanded the immediate annulment of Jadhav's death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over.

India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8.

"ICJ has only granted formal stay on the death sentence of Jadhav", he maintained.

Jadhav had been apprehended by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan on charges of terrorism and spying. The Indian government has denied the allegation, saying Jadhav was arrested in Iran, where he was on a business trip, and later convicted on the basis of a forced confession.

"We are confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Jadhav".

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