Pakistan ordered to halt execution of Indian 'spy'

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying.

Still smarting over the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stay the execution of the former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan has chose to change its lawyers at the ICJ to push its stance more forcefully.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria hit out at India, saying the country has been “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ.

India approached the worldwide court on May 8 against Pakistan, accusing it of violating the Vienna Convention as Islamabad had rejected 16 requests by New Delhi seeking consular access.

Mr Jadhav, 47, was arrested in March 2016 and Pakistani officials claimed he had confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services.

India has maintained that Mr Jadhav had long retired from the navy, and that he was kidnapped from Iran while there on personal business, and smuggled into Pakistan.

His statement was in conflict with that of the foreign office which said Pakistan does not accept ICJ's jurisdiction in matters related to the national security.

The Pakistan government is facing flak over the handling of the case at the ICJ where it suffered a massive blow after the court stayed Jadhav's death sentence and allowed him counselor access.

Despite several requests, the Indian government has also not been provided the first information report (FIR), charge-sheet, or a copy of the Pakistani military court's verdict against 46-year-old Jadhav.

India approached the ICJ on May 8 asking for a stay on Jadhav's death sentence, in addition to granting three other provisional measures it has sought against Pakistan, pending the court's decision on the merits of the case.

Harish Salve was also part of the team that successfully argued at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against a bid by Marshall Islands to sue India for violating the nuclear disarmament obligations.

Mengal further demanded that Pakistan should be tried for genocide of the Baloch people in the International Court of Justice as well.

The decision brought relief to India, with the Ministry of External Affairs calling the ruling "unanimous, favourable, clear and unambiguous".

Last week, after India challenged the death sentence, Pakistan was asked by the International Court to put it on hold.

The case could take years to settle so judges issued Thursday's order to ensure Jadhav is not executed before the case ends.

Its rulings are binding.

Indian media have described Jadhav as a former naval officer, calling the proceedings against him "farcical".

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