Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing resumes at ICJ on Wednesday

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Kulbhushan Jadhav

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to resume on Wednesday hearing in the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by Pakistan. MEA official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the ICJ had approved India's request for four months during its June 8 hearing. "India had adopted the stance that the matter was one of life and death, but Pakistan had stated that the ICJ is not a court of appeals", Ausaf said.

In its initial verdict, the worldwide court held Jadhav's sentence until the issue went is tried and delivered a verdict in. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of acting as an Indian spy.

India challenged the verdict in the top United Nations court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide Jadhav with consular access which it said was in breach of global human rights laws. "The court will take its decision. The matter is in the court and we hope that we will get justice", he added. Jadhav, a former officer of the Indian Navy, was abducted reportedly from Chabahar in Iran in March 2016 and arrested by Pakistani forces. "India will make every effort to see that Jadhav is released from Pakistan's illegal detention".

The incarcerated RAW agent, in his video statement, confessed to involvement in sabotage and espionage activities inside Pakistan, which has also been the crux of Islamabad's case in the ICJ.

Pakistan claims it arrested Jadhav in March a year ago from its restive Balochistan province, where the CPEC culminates at the deep-water Gwadar Port.