Pakistan to form new team of lawyers in Jadhav case: Aziz

Henrietta Strickland
May 19, 2017

It also said that Pakistan should keep the court informed of what steps it is taking to implement the order.

Pakistan's Foreign Office said it did not accept the ICJ's jurisdiction in matters related to national security.

The Pakistan government has come under attack from the opposition for "mishandling" the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, whose execution has been halted by the ICJ.

In the meantime, yesterday a 11-judge bench of the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani military court until further notice, while observing that prima facie the Vienna Convention will apply in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

For Pakistan to follow suit and execute Mr Jadhav despite the court's order would "draw worldwide censure", said ICJ president Ronny Abraham.

A United Nations court on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an accused Indian spy pending its final verdict in a case that has gripped the rival countries.

Jadhav was convicted by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities and sentenced to death.

Zakaria said Pakistan's reply to the court was submitted in line with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.

Jadhav's case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India. On April 10, 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial.

The 11-judge bench of ICJ on Thursday ruled that Pakistan can not execute Jadhav until the "final decision".

Pakistan had also assured the ICJ that Jadhav "would be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law to defend his case" and he "still has ample time to petition for clemency", the statement said.

The court, formally known as the International Court of Justice, is the U.N.'s court for hearing disputes between states and its rulings are binding.

Earlier, the ICJ stayed the execution and upheld India's right to have consular access to the former naval officer. "But (Jadhav) can not be executed until the stay order is there", Usmani said. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. It lodged a case against Islamabad earlier this month, accusing the Pakistanis of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access, as well as breaking global human rights law.

Describing it as "farcical", India said Pakistan must ensure he is not executed until a court decision.

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