On Thursday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced that Pakistan cannot hang Kulbhushan Jadhav for now. The world court ordered Islamabad to give consular access to Jadhav.
Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav (also spelled Kulbhushan Yadav, born on 16 April 1970 is an Indian national arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan. He was arrested for the charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
The Pakistan government stated that he is a serving commander in the Indian Navy who was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan and was arrested on 3 March 2016 during a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan. The Indian government recognizes Jadhav as a former naval officer, but denies any links with him and maintains he took premature retirement and was possibly abducted from Iran.
On 10 April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan. On May 10, 2017, the International Court of Justice stayed the hanging of Jadhav after India approached it against the death sentence.
“Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure that Jadhav is not hanged until a final decision by the court”, said ICJ judge Ronny Abraham.
“The circumstances of his arrest are in dispute… India should have been given consular access as per Vienna Convention”.
Pronouncing the court’s order, Abraham said the ICJ had jurisdiction in the matter.