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Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Updates: Truth and Justice have prevailed, says PM Modi

By Anuj Cariappa

Hague, July 17: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ruled in India's favour in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and affirmed that the right to consular access should be granted to the former Indian Navy officer who was arrested by Pakistan in 2019.

On the death sentence awarded to the ex-navy officer in 2017 by a Pakistani military court, the ICJ today said Jadhav's death sentence should remain suspended until Islamabad effectively reviews and reconsiders the decision.

The verdict in the Kulbushan Jadhav case is set to be announced by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today, merely five months after India urged the International Court to annul the death sentence handed by a Pakistani military court to former Navy officer.

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the Court, read out the verdict of the top international court at 6.30 pm IST in a public sitting at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

The verdict in the high-profile case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete.

Stay tuned for Live updates on ICJ verdict in the Kulbushan Jadhav case:

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11:28 PM, 17 Jul
"I appreciate the government for its relentless efforts to secure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav and hope that this verdict would serve as a source of solace to the family members," his secretariat tweeted.
11:28 PM, 17 Jul
ice President M Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday welcomed the verdict of the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying justice will finally prevail.
9:43 PM, 17 Jul
We expect Pakistan to do whatever it has to do including appropriate legislative measures to guarantee a fair trial. So Pakistan's conduct is under watch and if what they do is another farcical attempt, we will be back in the Court, he adds.
9:43 PM, 17 Jul
Pakistan had based allegations of what we lawyers call 'abuse of process' & said that is another ground why India shouldn't be allowed the relief it seeks. That has been rejected. ICJ held that Pakistan is guilty of internationally wrongful acts, Salve at Press conference.
9:42 PM, 17 Jul
I have a degree of personal satisfaction that a lot of adjectives were used by Pakistan, even in replying at court I characterise them as unfortunate. I said it's my upbringing & India's tradition which stood in my way of replying to them in that language.
9:42 PM, 17 Jul
They (ICJ) said,a fair trial in accordance with the Pakistan constitution. If it's back in military court with the same rule where outside lawyers aren't allowed, we aren't allowed. Access isn't given, evidence isn't given. It won't meet standards.
9:42 PM, 17 Jul
Pakistan repeatedly played slides of what it claimed was passport it had recovered from Jadhav. Not only did the Court get drawn into it, this displaying passport led to the court rejecting Pakistan's argument that Jadhav's nationality was uncertain, he adds.
9:41 PM, 17 Jul
Want to start by expressing gratitude of my country to the ICJ for the manner in which it intervened in this case. It protected Kulbhushan Jadhav from being executed, in a hearing which was put together in a matter of days, says Salve
9:41 PM, 17 Jul
Harish Salve Briefs Media
9:40 PM, 17 Jul
Justice has prevailed says Priyanka Gadhi Vadra
8:59 PM, 17 Jul
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed ICJ's verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
8:55 PM, 17 Jul
The government of Pakistan claimed victory after ICJ's verdict saying India's demand for Jadhav's repatriation was rejected.
8:03 PM, 17 Jul
The locals of a small village in Maharashtra erupted in joy as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, said a report in PTI. The people in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Javli village in Satara district of Maharashtra demanded his immediate release by Pakistan, report further said.
7:50 PM, 17 Jul
Congress welcomes the verdict by the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case.
7:44 PM, 17 Jul
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram welcomed the International Court of Justice verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, saying justice has been delivered in the true sense of that word.
7:32 PM, 17 Jul
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi hails ICJ verdict that asked Pakistan to give consular access to Jadhav and to review the death sentence pronounced by a military court.
7:30 PM, 17 Jul
Arvind Kejriwal welcomes the ICJ verdict
7:29 PM, 17 Jul
Union minister Nitin Gadkari terms ICJ verdict a diplomatic win.
7:25 PM, 17 Jul
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh welcomes ICJ verdict: It is no doubt a big victory for India.
7:23 PM, 17 Jul
The ICJ said that “a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav.”
7:08 PM, 17 Jul
The ICJ however has rejected some of the remedies sought by India, which included annulment of the military court decision convicting Jadhav. India had also sought for his release and a safe passage to India.
7:08 PM, 17 Jul
The ICJ found that Pakistan deprived India the right t communicate and have access to Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation. The court said hence Pakistan has breached obligations incumbent upon it under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
6:44 PM, 17 Jul
Former external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj has welcomed the verdict. She thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the initiative to take the case before the ICJ.
6:43 PM, 17 Jul
The court ruled in India’s favour by 15 votes to 1.
6:39 PM, 17 Jul
The ICJ ruled that the Vienna Convention has been violated by Pakistan by denying consular access to Jadhav. India had said that consular access is a basic tenet of the Vienna Convention. Not only was Jadhav denied this, but the way in which Pakistan Army and other officials treated Jadhav, his wife and mother does not show the failing state in good light.
6:36 PM, 17 Jul
The ICJ has called on Pakistan to review and consider the conviction of Jadhav. Court also said that the execution should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence.
6:35 PM, 17 Jul
Reports state, ICJ has suspended Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence. It has also affirmed his right to consular access.
6:32 PM, 17 Jul
The verdict will be read out by President of the Court, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf.
6:30 PM, 17 Jul
The ICJ can entertain a dispute if both parties have accepted its jurisdiction. It can hear a dispute only if requested by one or more states. The ICJ cannot take up an issue suo-motu.
6:29 PM, 17 Jul
Venu Rajamony, India’s ambassador to Netherlands and MEA Joint Secretary Deepak Mittal are at the ICJ. The ICJ is shortly set to deliver its verdict.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said that Pakistan has fully contested the case before the ICJ.

"Pakistan was hoping for the best and would accept the decision of ICJ," he was quoted as saying by state-run Associated Press of Pakistan.

India moved the ICJ in May 8, 2017 for the "egregious violation" of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.

A bench of the ICJ, which was set up after World War II to resolve international disputes, on May 18, 2017 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

A four-day public hearing in the high-profile case took place in February amidst heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14.

During the hearing in ICJ, both India and Pakistan submitted their detailed pleas and responses.

India based its case on two broad issues breach of Vienna Convention on consular access and the process of resolution.

Harish Salve, who was representing India in the case, questioned the functioning of Pakistan's notorious military courts and urged the top UN court to annul Jadhav's death sentence, which is based on an "extracted confession".

In his submission in the ICJ on the last day of the hearing, Pakistan's counsel Khawar Qureshi said, "India's claim for relief must be dismissed or declared inadmissible."

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Pakistan had rejected India's plea for consular access to Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its "spy".

However, Pakistan facilitated a meeting of Jadhav with his mother and wife in Islamabad on December 25, 2017.

OneIndia News (with PTI inputs)

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