ICJ asks Pakistan to review Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence 

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ordered Pakistan to review and reconsider the death sentence given in 2017 to Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of spying, reports said.

The court also granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Welcoming the ICJ’s verdict, Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that It is a great victory for India.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India, she tweeted.

Swaraj further said, “I thank the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for our initiative to take Jadhav’s case before International Court of Justice.”

“I thank Mr.Harish Salve for presenting India’s case before ICJ very effectively and successfull,” she said.

“I hope the verdict will provide the much needed solace to the family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” she added.

The Congress also welcomed the ICJ’s verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

“We welcome the ruling by the International Court of Justice in the #KulbhushanJhadhav case. This is a big win for India & we will continue to pray for his early return,” Congress tweeted.
 
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took to his twitter account and said ICJ’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav is big victory for India.
 
“The ICJ’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav is big victory for India. The ICJ directing Pakistan to grant consular access to Jadhav and asking them to review the conviction and the sentence is a welcome decision. 
It is also a big win for PM [email protected]’s diplomatic initiative,” Rajnath tweeted.
 
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari congratulated PM Modi, former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and senior advocate Harish Salve who represented India at the ICJ.
 
“It’s a big diplomatic win for India. I Congratulate our Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji, Former EAM @SushmaSwaraj ji, and Senior Advocate Harish Salve for their tireless efforts in the matter of Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Gadkari tweeted.
 
“They brought this matter to the International Court and proved that he is innocent. We wish the son of Ma Bharti returns at the earliest,” Gadkari added.
 
The verdict came nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21.
 
India moved the ICJ in May 2017 against the “farcical trial” by the Pakistani military court against 49-year-old Jadhav.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from the Balochistan province in March 2016 after he reportedly entered the country from Iran with the intention of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. But India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran.