Tahlka News Bureau
NEW DELHI: The international Court of Justce (ICJ) indicated Pakistan to "to take all measures at its disposal" to ensure that Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed until a final decision pending in his case.
"Pakistan shall take all measures as its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these disposal in these proceedings," said presiding judge Ronny Abraham, reading the court's unanimous decision.
Earlier on May 16, New Delhi had called on Un's top court to order Islamabad to suspend the execution of the former navy officer held guilty by a Pakistani military court of spying.
Mr. Jadhav was arrested on in March 2016 and Pakistani officials claimed he had confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services. He was sentenced to death last month.
The two countries faced each other in the international court amid a sharp escalation in tension over ceasefire by Pakistan, terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and he recent mutilation of two soldiers by Pakistanis.
India expressed its concerns over Pakistan executing Mr Jadhav even before the UN court decides on its appeal. In the hearing, the government accused Pakistan of 'egregious violation of the Vienna convention," by denying him access to legal access, and refusing the charge or evidence against him.
The government wants the world court to decide if Pakistan has broken the convention and international human rights law.
Mr Jadhav was "an innocent Indian national, who, incarcerated in Pakistan for more time than a year on consented charges.. has been held incommunicado… and faces imminent execution," India told the tribunal.
Pakistan denied the execution was imminent, saying that Mr Jadhav had time at least till August for legal remedies. Its representative also accused India of "political grandstanding" and told the court Mr Jadhav "has confessed to having been sent by India to wage terror on the innocent civilians and infrastructure of the Pakistan".
The last lime India and Pakistan took a dispute to the ICJ was in 1999 when Islamabad protested against he shooting down of a Pakistani navy plane that killed 16 people.
In the case the court decided it was not competent to rule in the dispute and closed the case.