PM Narendra Modi welcomes ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

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The ICJ on July 17 ordered Pakistan to undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.

India onJuly 18 had asked Pakistan to “act immediately” on the ICJ verdict and grant consular access to Jadhav.

Acting on the order of International Court of Justice ruling, Pakistan has agreed to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav “according to Pakistani laws”, the Pakistan Foreign Office said.

In a statement released post midnight, the Pakistan foreign office said it has informed Jadhav of his rights to consular access under the Vienna Convention.

The ICJ has directed Pakistan for continued stay on the death sentence of Jadhav and to provide him consular access. Pakistan had refused to allow Indian officials to meet Jadhav ever since his “arrest” in March 2016 for alleged espionage. India had approached the ICJ after he was in April 2017 sentenced to death by a military court.

Reading out the much-awaited verdict in the case, the UN Court said that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention by denying India consular access to Jadhav.

The international court, which ruled in favour of India by 15 votes to 1, also directed Pakistan to review the death penalty given to Jadhav in 2017 by its military court.
When verdict came on July 17 Prime Minister took to Twitter and said, ”We welcome today’s verdict in the ICJ.

Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice.”

”Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian,” the PM assured.