Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said issuing of stay by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the interim case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is not something extraordinary.
The court agreed with India's concerns on the matter, since Pakistan has not provided any assurance that Jadhav will not be executed till a final decision is taken by ICJ.
Sushma Swaraj said that ICJ order has come as great relief to family of Jadhav and thanked Harish Salve for presenting India's case effectively.
Hailing the ICJ order, Indian Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said: "Indian stand is victorious, congratulate all concerned persons, especially the External Affairs Ministry".
India has called on ICJ for an emergency hearing on Monday to suspend Pakistan's military court's death sentence to former navy officer. Moreover, Judge Bhandari emphasszes that Pakistan's denial of consular access has determined a situation in which India has no direct knowledge of the charges against Jadhav, as well as of the proceedings against him in the Pakistani military court.
Jadhav's case is the latest flash point in the tensions between Pakistan and India On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. "It is a court where we say the procedure which Pakistan had adopted to arrive at this death sentence violates the principles of Vienna Convention which is a multilateral treaty".
Describing it as "farcical", India said Pakistan must ensure he is not executed until a court decision. "First, it affects Pakistan's credibility as a state on the optical level and second, it gives India an upper hand to make a deal for Jadhav's release", he said. Pakistani officials claim he has confessed to being a spy for the Indian intelligence.
Rohatgi said that he hoped that the final verdict, which would be announced in August, would also be in India's favour. The other - a longer route that goes through Pakistani courts.
- Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) May 18, 2017Harsh Salve after the ICJ (International Court of Justice) verdict of #KulbhushanJadhav today. Counsels of the two states, Pakistan and India had concluded their arguments following which the panel had reserved the verdict.
India has strongly contradicted the statement by Pakistan and asked the ICJ to cancel the death sentence on Kulbhushan.
Jadhav was caught by Pakistan in March 2016 and charged with espionage - an accusation New Delhi denies.
The problem is many countries in the past have rejected the ICJ verdict and even USA went ahead to execute two Germans in the past despite ICJ restraint. She said Pakistan will vigorously fight this case without compromising on its national security.