UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national

India's battle at The International Court of Justice to stop Pakistan executing one of its nationals accused of spying has highlighted tensions between the nuclear armed rivals

The Congress and Communist Party of India (CPI) have lauded the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling to stay the death sentence imposed by Pakistan on former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

India on May 8 sought the global court's intervention to annul the death sentence given by a Pakistan military court to Jadhav who Islamabad says was arrested in Balochistan on charges of spying, sabotage and terrorism.

"Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure Jadhav isn't executed pending final decision on these proceedings", said Abraham who read out the order.

It may be recalled that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today ordered Pakistan not to execute Jadhav till the court announces its final decision in the case.

"Hope that the final decision also comes India's way and we can see Mr Jadhav come back home", Mukul Rohatgi added.

THE HAGUE: The UN's top court on Thursday ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying, in a victory for New Delhi over its bitter rival.

India had moved the UN's highest judicial body against the death sentence, after Pakistan ignored its repeated requests for consular access to the 46-year-old former navyman. In this case, India and Pakistan both differ on the question of India's consular assistance to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention.

India approached the ICJ on May 8, accusing Pakistan of "egregious violations" of the Vienna Convention in the matter of the detention and trial of Jadhav.

Jadhav's case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The circumstances of Jadhav's arrest remain disputed, Judge Abraham said while reading out the world court's verdict. The court also made it clear that its order is binding to all parties of the case.

Pakistani authorities say Jadhav confessed to being assigned by India's intelligence service to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities in Baluchistan "aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan".

Meanwhile, Pakistan's ambassador to the Netherlands sought to play down the significance of the court's order, saying, "It's a very basic thing which the court has done, given its ruling on a provisional measure which is basically a procedural process and I think that is about it".

Jadhav was caught by Pakistan in March 2016 and charged with espionage - an accusation New Delhi denies.

Pakistan's attorney general's office said the order did not affect the final outcome of the case. Qureshi said that India owns Jadhav as its national and that there should be no interference on Pakistani soil. Jadhav was convicted in Pakistan and sentenced to death on April 10.

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