Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: ICJ Rules In India’s Favour, Big Embarrassment For Pakistan Army

India’s lawyer Harish Salve - left, Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj - Right

In an embarrassment for Pakistan, the International Court of Justice on Wednesday (17 July) ruled in favour of India while announcing its verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

As per a copy of the verdict shared online, the court unanimously ruled that it has jurisdiction in the matter to entertain the application filed by India on 8 May 2017. It rejected Pakistan’s objections seeking the dismissal of India’s application.

It has also found that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by not immediately informing Jadhav of his rights under Article 36, paragraph 1(b) on consular relations of the said convention.

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The court has also found that Pakistan is obligated to effectively review and reconsider the conviction and death sentence awarded to Jadhav by the Pakistani military court, to ensure that the full weight of the Vienna Conviction’s violation is taken into account.

Pakistan has also been directed to ensure that Jadhav is not executed, pending final decision in the present proceedings. The court has added in its order that a stay on execution is indispensable to effectively review and reconsider the conviction and sentencing of Jadhav.

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