ICJ order on Jadhav binding on Pakistan: India

MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the provisional relief provided by the ICJ is the first step in ensuring justice to Jadhav.

Published: 18th May 2017 07:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2017 09:23 PM   |  A+A-

Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay | ANI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: As Pakistan refused to accept verdict of the International Court of Justice on execution of former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, India has asserted that the ruling is binding on Pakistan, while terming it as "unanimous" and "unambiguous".

Hours after much awaited verdict of ICH in The Hague, the ministry of external affairs here in national capital came out with a statement by saying that the government will do everything possible to save the life of Jadhav.

MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the provisional relief provided by the ICJ is the first step in ensuring justice to Jadhav. He said that the order by the ICJ is unanimous, favourable, clear and unambiguous. He added that verdict a matter of great relief for people of the country.

However, in reaction to the possibility if if Pakistan does not implement the ICJ order, Baglay said the order is binding on Pakistan.

Soon after the verdict, Pakistan foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria  came out by alleging that India has been "trying to hide its real face" by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ.

Earlier, the ICJ stayed the execution of Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

Soon after the 11 judge ICJ bench verdict, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for thanking her and appreciating the efforts of india’s advocate Harish Salve in securing a fresh lease of live for the former naval officer. In fact, Swaraj in series of tweets, expressed people about the "great relief" she felt and vowed to "leave no stone unturned" to save Jadhav from the gallows. "The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India.

"We are grateful to Harish Salve for presenting India's case so effectively before ICJ. I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save (him)," Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

Swaraj’s cabinet colleague and union home minister Rajnath Singh welcomed the verdict saying the order gave people of India "a deep sense of satisfaction" while adding that the Modi government will go "to any extent" to save the 46-year-old former soldier.

Defence minister Arun Jaitley, who landed in Srinagar to review the security situation and also to discuss GST Bill as the capacity of the union finance minister, also tweeted by saying that ICJ verdict endorses the relevance and necessity of procedural and substantive fairness which was denied by Pakistan."

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