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Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict: What Next?

The International Court of Justice today gave out its verdict on India’s plea on Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case in Pakistan, saying the Indian should have been given consular access.

The 11-judge bench of the ICJ further stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani military court until further notice and asserted its jursidiction over the case as per the Vienna Convention.

On India’s plea seeking the court’s intervention to restrain the execution of Jadhav by Pakistan, the court had stayed against the death sentence until the full trial is taken up.

India's Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death on charges of spying by Pakistan military court

India’s Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death on charges of spying by a Pakistani military court.

Harish Salve, who is representing Jadhav at the ICJ, has told the court that India was not granted consular access and Pakistan said India was trying to use the international court as a “political theatre,” as India claimed that Pakistan could hang Jadhav during the trial.

The ICJ, after hearing both sides, announced its verdict today at 3:30 pm IST. It remains to be seen whether pakistan obliges the ICJ verdict as several countries in the past defied ICJ jurisdiction on espionage cases and went ahead with death sentences. Pakistan harbours strong negativity against Indians who had been branded spies in the past.

The problem is many countries in the past have rejected the ICJ verdict and even US went ahead to execute two Germans in the past despite ICJ restraint. So, Pakistan’s reaction is being gauzed closely now.

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