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ICJ decision on Jadhav a victory for rule of law: Arun Jaitley

20 May 2017, 03:12 | Erica Roy

ICJ decision on Jadhav a victory for rule of law: Arun Jaitley

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who piloted the strategy and Harish Salve who effectively argued the matter deserve special mention Jaitley said

Jadhav's case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India.

"The Court indicates to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that it must take "all measures at its disposal" to prevent the execution of an Indian national, Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, pending final judgment of the Court", ICJ said in its order.

He opined that the ICJ's decision to grant consular access to the "Indian spy" was just an advice, and not a judgment. However, the court in its decision prime facie exercised the jurisdiction and accepted Indian pleas. In the same tweet, he drew parallel to Pakistan's unfulfilled World Cup dream of beating India with that of their craving for hanging Jadhav.

People in Varanasi burnt Pakistan's national flag and raised slogans against that country.

"After India stood exposed in state sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention from presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle", he said.

Welcoming the International Court of Justice's verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence case, the Congress party on Thursday questioned the "dubious" intentions of Pakistan to the ruling. Pakistan said legal process is ongoing and that it had met its obligations under the Vienna treaty on consularrelations. "This order today highlights the importance of the fact that when a person is allegedly accused he has a right of effective defence", he said.

The two countries are battling it out in the global court amid a sharp escalation in tension over ceasefire violations by Pakistan, terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the recent mutilation of two Indian soldiers by Pakistanis.

The final order of the ICJ is expected in August.

"This is a unanimous decision of the highest court, there is no unambiguity in this judgement. As for Jadhav he should be provided a fair trial regardless", he said.

"In our submissions on 15 May, we had assured the Court unambiguously that Commander Jadhav would be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law to defend his case".

The foreign ministry statement added that Jadhav "still has ample time to petition for clemency". "We are determined to pursue this case to its logical end", it said.

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