Kulbhushan Jadhav Verdict: MEA Asks Pakistan To Immediately Adhere To ICJ's Order, Inform Jadhav Of His Rights And Provide India With Consular Access
- The MEA said that Pakistan was expected to implement ICJ's order and appraise Kulbhushan Jadhav of his rights and provide India with consular access to him
- Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that ICJ had upheld India's claim of Pakistan's egregious violations
- Earlier in the day, International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav's death penalty and granted India consular access to him
Welcoming the ICJ's judgement staying Kulbhushan Jadhav's death penalty and granting India consular access to him, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, on Wednesday, said that ICJ had upheld India's claim of Pakistan's egregious violations.
"We welcome the judgement delivered by the International Court of Justice, in Hague, in favour of India in the case relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The court by a 15:1 vote has upheld India's claim of Pakistan's egregious violation of the Vienna convention of consular relations, 1963 on several counts," he said.
The MEA also said that Pakistan was expected to implement ICJ's order and appraise Kulbhushan Jadhav of his rights and provide India with consular access to him.
"We also appreciate the direction of the ICJ that Pakistan should review and reconsider the conviction given to Jadhav by the Pakistani military court. We note that the court has directed that Pakistan is under the obligation to inform Jadhav without delay of his rights and provide India consular access to him. We expect Pakistan to implement that order immediately," he added.
Assuring that the Government will continue work to gain Kulbhushan's release, he said:
"This landmark judgement validates India's position fully and will continue to work for Kulbhushan Jadhav's early release and return to India."
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar hailed Jadhav's family and tweeted that he had spoken to the family.
Earlier in the day, India gained a major diplomatic victory against Pakistan in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case as ICJ stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav's death penalty and granted India consular access to him by a vote of 15:1 in favour of India. As seen in the verdict, the one dissenting judge in Pakistan ad hoc judge Tassaduq Hussain Jillani.
In a significant victory for India, by fifteen votes to one (unanimously, given that the one opposing judge was from Pakistan and appointed ad-hoc on account of there being an Indian judge on the bench), the court also laid into Pakistan's procedure in the entire matter and said that Pakistan is under obligation to inform Kulbhushan Jadhav of his rights without further delay and to provide Indian consular officers access to him.