In a major success for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague today stayed the execution of Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav till its final order in the case.
Ruling in favour of India, the Court asked Pakistan to keep it informed about the measures, including on consular access, taken by it in this connection.
Pakistan must ensure that Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed until a final decision is taken on his case, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague said.
In an unanimous and binding decision, the International Court of Justice ruled that: “Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings.”
Reading out the verdict this evening at The Hague, Netherlands, ICJ President Ronny Abraham said that India has the right to consular access to Mr Jadhav under Vienna convention. He said the court considers that it has prima facie jurisdiction in the matter as there is a dispute between the parties.
He said acts alleged by India fall in the Vienna convention which guarantees state to be given access to its citizen. He added the rights invoked by India under the Vienna Convention are plausible.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu has hailed International Court of Justice’s decision as a major victory for India.
In a tweet, Mr. Naidu said the World Court has upheld India’s right to consular access and put a stay on death execution. He said justice has prevailed in the matter.
International Court of Justice today stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav pending final decision.