ICJ stays Jadhav’s execution

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ISLAMABAD: International Court of Justice (ICJ) has stayed execution of Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a court martial on charges of espionage, terrorism and subversion, while the Foreign Office spokesman said that the decision to challenge the jurisdiction of the ICJ was taken after consultation and added that the case also Delivering its judgment at The Hague, the President of the Court Ronny Abraham said Pakistan should take all measures at its disposal to ensure Yadav is not executed until pending final decision in the proceedings. The court also said that its order on the provisional measure has binding effect and ruled that it had the jurisdiction to hear the case. The FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said yesterday that no institution could be a party when it comes to the country’s national security, shortly after the ICJ ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision was reached. He said that the decision to challenge the jurisdiction of the ICJ was taken after consultation with all the institutions and agencies. Zakaria said that India did not give a positive response to Pakistan’s request regarding access to Jadhav’s accomplices. He also pointed out that there exists a bilateral pact on consular access between the two countries since 2008. He said that according to the pact’s Article-6, the matter of consular access lies solely on the merit of the case. “After India stood exposed in state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention from presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle,” he said. He also said that Pakistan’s stance on the RAW agent is very clear and it is a matter of national security and we will not compromise on it. The Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf adopted the reasoning, after the order was announced, that the ICJ had directed for “the status quo [to] be maintained in the case” — i.e. that the case stays as it stands right now, with the execution of Jadhav’s sentence only delayed till a later date. “The court has clearly underscored that the provisional measures are without prejudice to the final determination of the merits and jurisdiction of the case,” he pointed out in a written statement. –Agencies

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