HAGUE/ ISLAMABAD: International Court of Justice has rejected India’s plea for the release of its convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Announcing the verdict at The Hague in Netherlands this evening, President of the International Court of Justice Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said Indian spy can remain in the captivity of Pakistan but he should be allowed consular access.
The ICJ also rejected the Indian request for annulment of the military court decision convicting Jadhav, his release and return to India.
Jadhav, a serving commander of the Indian Navy associated with Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing, was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan on allegations of espionage and terrorism. In his subsequent trial at a military court, Jadhav had confessed to his involvement in terrorist plots. The spy was sentenced to death in 2017. In June 2017, the Indian spy had filed a mercy petition against the death penalty, in which he again confessed to his involvement in terrorist activities.
However, International Court of Justice, after being approached by India, had ordered a stay in his execution through an interim order. During the hearing of the case in the international court, Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan had argued that Jadhav was an Indian spy sent to Balochistan to destabilise the country.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quraishi on Wednesday congratulated the nation over Pakistan’s victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav case at International Court of Justice (ICJ). Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the foreign minister termed ICJ’s verdict in Kulbhushan case a moral victory of Pakistan. He said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian Navy officer working for Indian covert agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), will remain in Pakistan’s custody and he will be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan.
The minister said that the Indian requests for acquittal, re-trial and release of Jadhav were rejected by the international court. He further said that ICJ expressed confidence in Pakistan’s judicial system and acknowledged the country’s laws and jurisdiction. Foreign Minister Qureshi said that verdict of International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav is a great success and moral triumph of Pakistan. He said Pakistan presented its case in the International Court of Justice in an effective manner.
The Foreign Office (FO) said that the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in its judgment announced today regarding Indian serving Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, has decided not to acquit and release him thus not accepting Indian pray. The FO stated in its press release that ‘Pakistan, as a responsible member of the international community, upheld its commitment from the very beginning of the case by appearing before the honourable court for the provisional measures hearing despite a very short notice. Having heard the judgment, Pakistan will now proceed as per law.
It is reiterated that Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav entered Pakistan without a visa on authentic Indian Passport with a fake alias Hussain Mubarak Patel. Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav is responsible for acts of sabotage, espionage and multiple terrorist incidents in which scores of innocent Pakistani citizens were killed resulting into umpteen women being widowed and numerous children becoming orphans.
Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav has confessed all these acts during his trial in Pakistani court in front of a Judicial Magistrate. This is a clear case of Indian state terrorism. Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan says Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav will remain in Pakistan’s custody. Speaking to the media after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its verdict in the case of the Indian spy, Khan said: “his is a clear, clear win for Pakistan. He said Pakistan’s stance on the matter has been very clear from day one.
He added the ICJ asked Pakistan to ensure review and reconsideration of the sentence handed down to Jadhav by a court of law in accordance with provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR). The court, in its verdict, rejected a number of Indian demands including annulment of military court decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.
The court, however, directed Pakistan to provide effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences according to its own justice system. The Court finally considers that a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav, reads a statement issued by ICJ.