Top UN court stays hanging of Kulbhushan Jadhav

 Mumbai
Top UN court stays hanging of Kulbhushan Jadhav

The International Court of Justice has ordered Pakistan today to ensure that Kulbhushan is not executed until it takes a final call on the charges that India made that Pakistan sullied its obligations under an international treaty assuring diplomatic aid foreigners that have been accused of capital crimes.

"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 UN court in a unanimous and madatory decision.

It further said that Pakistan should have given India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, by rejecting Pakistan’s contention that a person charged of spying is not entitled to it.

In an exigent hearing conducted on Monday, New Delhi had called on the UN court so as to order Islamabad to dismiss the execution of the former navy officer that was declared guilty of espionage by a Pakistani military court.

Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav , 47, was arrested in March 2016 and Pakistani officials had asserted that he had confessed to spying for Indian Intelligence services and was thus sentenced to death  last month.

The verdict was read out by Ronny Abraham, president of the UN court.

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