As per international news report, The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has instructed Pakistan to allow India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen convicted of espionage in Pakistan.
The judgment, delivered by ICJ President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, to a packed court at The Hague on Wednesday, however, rejected India’s demand that Jadhav’s conviction by a military court dismissed.
The court also extended a stay on the execution of Jadhav pending a Pakistani authorized overview and reconsideration of the conviction based on the ICJ’s ruling that Jadhav’s rights to consular access violated.
Pakistan contended that Jadhav did not have a right to consular access because he had been convicted of espionage and “terrorism,” but the court dominated that Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on consular relations was applicable.
The convention was applicable “regardless of the allegations that Mr. Jadhav was engaged in espionage activities.”
Wednesday’s ruling has been seen by both sides as a win, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating the ICJ for “a verdict based on an in-depth study of facts.”
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, however, claimed it was a “victory” for Pakistan while confirming that Islamabad will not be releasing Jadhav.
Later on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office released a statement saying “Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav entered Pakistan without a visa on authentic Indian Passport with a fake alias Hussain Mubarak Patel.”
Shortly after his arrest, Pakistan released a video of Jadhav confessing to having conducted a campaign of attacks against Pakistani security and civilian targets and aiding armed groups in Balochistan, Pakistan’s most significant and least populated province that has seen both sectarian and separatist violence in the past decade.