Former soldiers hail ICJ verdit on Jadhav's execution

In an emergency hearing swiftly organized on 15 May, counsels for New Delhi had urged the court to halt the execution of Jadhav.

Two opposition leaders also linked the weak defence put up by Pakistan at the ICJ on Thursday to the meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal, said to be a friend of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Yadav was awarded death sentence by Field General Court Martial (FGCM) on charges of espionage.

India approached the ICJ on May 8 asking for a stay on Jadhav's death sentence, in addition to granting three other provisional measures it has sought against Pakistan, pending the court's decision on the merits of the case.

"Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings", said the court's president Ronny Abraham.

Jadhav's case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India.

Jadhav would get a reprieve of at least 150 days since the sentence was announced, as Pakistan had indicated that the execution would "probably not take place" before August 2017.

Pakistan argued that Jadhav's rights weren't breached and that the court didn't need to issue an urgent order to stay his execution because it wasn't imminent.

Before the ICJ, India would also argue that there has been violation of human rights and hence Jadhav must be set free immediately.

Sharma also slammed Pakistan over remarks of its Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria that ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear the case concerning Jadhav.

Echoing similar sentiments, another BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi also lauded the decision and said that the verdict is a sign of relief for everyone.

Pakistan maintained that the ICJ need not intervene as it had adhered to a 2008 bilateral treaty with India that supersedes the Vienna pact by stating that the right to consular access can be waived where "national security" is at risk.

The case will take months or years to settle at the United Nations' highest judicial organ, so judges issued Thursday's order to ensure that Jadhav isn't executed before the case ends.

Pakistan remained defiant and is likely to challenge the jurisdiction of the ICJ in "matters of national security". Talking of the secrecy with which everything was planned, he said, "No emails were sent, everything was kept quiet, that's how we had a little advantage when we moved the court". He said Pakistans reply to ICJ was in line with Article 36 (2) of the Vienna Convention that Pakistan does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICJ in this case.

India has made it clear that it is not going to make a fresh plea for getting consular access to Jadhav.