ICJ orders Pakistan to stay execution of Indian 'spy'

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Minister of State for Information Marriyam Aurangzeb, however, said the case was fought in the best possible manner and advised the opposition not to play politics over issues of national security.

Mr Asad Jamal, a human rights lawyer based in Lahore, Pakistan, criticised Pakistan's handling of Jadhav's case.

Bhubaneswar: Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today created a sand sculpture to join the nation in welcoming the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Talking to the media in Islamabad, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader claimed that if Pakistan had a foreign minister, then maybe the outcome [of the ICJ hearing] would have been different.

Senior lawyer Alamzaib Khan Advocate said that ICJ decision was a temporary stay order and final judgment was yet to be delivered.

One day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, Pakistan has chose to challenge the decision, as reported by news channel India Today. How Pakistan furthers its case at the ICJ will require careful monitoring, more important will be whether the civil-military discord between Islamabad and GHQ Rawalpindi triggers any rash misadventure. "We chose to go before ICJ so we lost on each point raised by India including urgency of matter", she said.

Meanwhile, eyebrows have been raised in legal circles on both sides of the border because of Bhandari's comments to an Indian newspaper describing the ICJ's order as a "hugely satisfying interim pronouncement which is a great diplomatic victory for India". What are we to make of this ICJ decision? "This was a game which started after Jindal's visit to Pakistan", she said.

Speaking to Geo News, Qureshi said unfortunately politicians had failed to refrain themselves from doing political point-scoring over the issue.

India's forceful submission was made as the ICJ began hearing the case of the 46-year-old former Navy officer, who was arrested on March 3 last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

He agreed with the court that there is nothing which prima facie suggests that the parties, by concluding the 2008 Agreement, had limited or set aside their reciprocal obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

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