India’s strategic victory compels Pakistan to follow ICJ verdict; grants consular access to Kulbhusha Jadhav

News Bharati    19-Jul-2019

New Delhi, July 19: Having a positive and strong impact on the international forum, India strategically positioned itself fighting to get back Kulbhushan Jadhav from the evil clutches of Pakistan. Slating a winning streak, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its 15:1 vote asserted Pakistan to grant consular access to Jadhav slamming the neighbouring nation to deprive him from basic human rights.

 

Pressed under obligation, but portraying itself as a responsible nation, Pakistan finally bends to ICJ’s verdict asserting that it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav with consular access. In a late night statement, Pakistan said, “As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out.”

 

The ministry also informed that Jadhav had been informed of his rights under the Vienna Convention on consular relations. The Foreign Ministry added, “Pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Commander Kulbushan Jadhav has been informed of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph 1(b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.”

Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" in April 2017 following which India had moved the International Court of Justice, seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.

A 16-member bench headed by President of the Court, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, by 15-1 votes ordered Pakistan on Wednesday to undertake an "effective review and reconsideration" of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.

In its 42-page order, the court while rejecting Pakistan's objection to admissibility of the Indian application in the case, held that "a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review" of the sentence of Jadhav.

The bench, however, rejected some remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court's decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.