Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India says ICJ verdict is binding on Pakistan

India's battle at The International Court of Justice to stop Pakistan executing one of its nationals accused of spying has highlighted tensions between the nuclear armed rivals

India's battle at The International Court of Justice to stop Pakistan executing one of its nationals accused of spying has highlighted tensions between the nuclear armed rivals

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the order of International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav case was a serious indictment of the Pakistan's judicial system.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, now in Hyderabad, though noted the ICJ has reiterated its earlier position that Pakistan should wait till the time the global court disposes of the case.

"It is appropriate for the court to order that Pakistan take all measures at its disposal to ensure Mr Jadhav is not executed before this court has given its final decision", court president Ronny Abraham said on Thursday.

Seeking a reply on why the government did not submit a written defence before May 15, Shafqat Mehmood said, "Today's decision is a clear outcome of the rendezvous of Nawaz Sharif and his Indian friend Jindal".

"There have been cases when the court said you have to annul the process and go back". He was proven guilty after confessing that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan in Balochistan and Karachi.

No date has yet been set for Mr Jadhav's execution, although Pakistan told the ICJ during the trial that it was unlikely to happen before August 2017. "I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save (him)", Swaraj said in a series of tweets. Most of the reportage focused on the flaws in Pakistan's legal strategy, while quoting experts who pointed out that the case was not yet closed. "It's own worldwide status in the world will be tarnished by the fact that they haven't given counselor access to Kulbhushan Jadhav". "We were very surprised how swiftly Jadhav's case was fixed before the ICJ", he said.

"Major victory for India #KulbhushanJadhav case".

"Consular access is a part of it".

The hearings and, final decision, could take more many months, if not years.

The official said the foreign office had also failed to register the bilateral agreement with the UN.

They also wondered why Pakistan wanted to appoint foreigner as an ad hoc judge when every state prefers to nominate its own lawyers.

Sheikh said mishandling of Jadhav's case was a classic example of how in the power struggle between military and political institutions, gaps in the foreign policy and national security perspectives had grown.