Today, after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of the Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Union Minister VK Singh welcomed the world court verdict. He said that the positive judgment may make Pakistan realize their mistake.

Regarding the verdict of the ICJ, the minister stated that “The judgment is positive. With a judgment of 15:1 they have supported what we have said. It is visible that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has honored the basic conventions of law and justice and India has been successful in its mission.”

“The way they had abducted Kulbhushan Jadhav and filed a fake case, we believe something must be done about it. Hopefully, Pakistan will realize the mistake that they have made and will take action to ensure that he gets justice and is returned to India,” he added. Kulbhushan Jadhav, held in a Pakistani jail on allegations of spying and called for an effective review and reconsideration of the conviction.

The 49-year-old Jadav is a former Navy officer who was detained by Pakistani agencies from Iran on March 3, 2016, where he went for business purpose. India has dismissed the charges made by Pakistan that Kulbhushan was a terrorist and a spy.

A Pakistani military court gave Jadhav death sentence on April 10, 2017, in a closed trial that India was farcical. The ICJ was informed by India that it came to know about the death sentence from a press release. On March 25, 2016, the then Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry informed the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Moreover, Pakistan gave not any explanation why it took over three weeks to inform the Indian High Commissioner about the arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav. India has claimed that India has violated Article 36(1) (b) of the Vienna Convention, which obliged Pakistan to notify India of the arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav “without delay”.

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