United Nations court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif scheduled a national security meeting on Friday to discuss the court order.

Two days after the former Solicitor General's masterful presentation of the case at The Hague, the world court ruled in India's favour, asking Pakistan to hold off the execution of Mr Jadhav till it reached its final verdict.

Pakistan alleges that Jadhav was working as an Indian spy when he was arrested in the southwestern province of Baluchistan in March 2016.

Asserting its jurisdiction over the case, the court backed India's contention that there has been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

ICJ President Ronny Abraham, a 63-year-old French academic and practitioner in public worldwide law, asked Pakistan to keep the court informed "of all measures taken" in the implementation of the order. He spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to thank and appreciated efforts of advocate Harish Salve, who represented India in Jadhav case. The army court had sentenced him to death on a "confessional" statement he had made in military custody.

He also ordered Pakistan to inform the tribunal that it has implemented the decision, and stressed that ICJ decisions are binding on all state members.

The court yesterday pronounced its verdict on India's plea seeking provisional measures restraining the execution of Jadhav by Pakistan.

"Leaving aside the fact that all the previous cases involved the United States as the respondent, were the court to award similar relief, in this case, Pakistan could simply undertake such review and reconsideration under its domestic legal system", he added.

In this regard, the Court noted that the Parties do indeed appear to have differed, and still differ today, on the question of India's consular assistance to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention.

The argument was rejected by the ICJ.

India and Pakistan routinely accuse one another of sending spies into their countries, and it is not uncommon for either nation to expel diplomats accused of espionage, particularly at times of high tension.

"It is a matter of great relief that the ICJ has asked Pakistan not to execute Mr. Jadhav".

India has called on ICJ for an emergency hearing on Monday to suspend Pakistan's military court's death sentence to former navy officer. He said the verdict endorses the relevance and necessity of procedural and substantive fairness which was denied by Pakistan. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

It is after 18 years that the two neighbours were fighting it out at the ICJ.