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ICJ  hails Pak role in  verdict compliance in Kulbhushan Jadhav Case

ISLAMABAD: International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf on Thursday appreciated Pakistan’s role in implementing the July 17 judgment of the international court in full.

In a statement issued by ICJ President Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf, he said that Pakistan implemented the international court’s July 17 verdict in letter and spirit.

The president said: “The communication received by the court on August 1, 2019 stated that Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav had been immediately informed of his rights under the Vienna Convention and that the consular post of the High Commission of India in Islamabad had been invited to visit him on 2 August 2019.”

On Jul 17, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected remedies sought by India, including annulment of military court decision

convicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

Announcing the verdict Judge Abdul qavi Ahmed Yousaf told Pakistan to review the death sentence for an alleged Indian spy, saying Islamabad violated his rights to consular visits. The court, in its verdict, rejected a number of Indian demands including annulment of military court decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

The international finds that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to KulbhushanJadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation, and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The tribunal in The Hague ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of KulbhushanSudhirJadhav”. The Indian navy officer was arrested in Pakistan’s province of Balochistan in March 2016.

The judge remarked that Pakistan and India are signatories of the Vienna Convention. “A continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr. Kulbhushan SudhirJadhav,” it ruled.  The court while finding Jadhav guilty of committing terrorist activities inside Pakistan, ordered that the Indian spy cannot be handed over to India. Kulbhushan will remain in Pakistan’s custody, it ruled.

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