Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet this morning declared that the country will proceed as per law on Kulbhushan Jadhav, a day after the International Court of Justice ruled that Pakistan must review the former navy officer’s death sentence.
He wrote that ICJ’s decision to not acquit Jadhav would be appreciated and claimed that the former officer was guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan.
The World Court on Wednesday had ruled in favour of India by a vote of 15:1 judges who supported India’s appeal that Pakistan has breached the Vienna Convention. Upholding India’s stance, the ICJ directed effective review and reconsideration of Jadhav’s conviction and death sentence by the military court. Though it dismissed India’s appeal that sought for civil court proceedings, instead of the military court in Pakistan.
Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 18, 2019
The court also ordered consular access to Jadhav without much ado, therefore supporting India’s stand that Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention.
In 2017, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to death after he was denied consular access. Pakistan military chief Qamar Javed Bajwa also endorsed the sentence. In the same year, India moved to the ICJ in the Hague for seeking justice. The country strongly rejected Pakistan’s spy theory, saying he was kidnapped from Iran’s Chabhar city by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. In December 2017, Pakistan allowed Jadhav’s wife and mother to meet him.
India had made three points at the ICJ for securing the release of Jadhav. First, Pakistan denied consular access to the former Indian Navy officer and violated the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Second, Islamabad did not inform New Delhi immediately after he was arrested. Third, Pakistan did not inform Jadhav of his consular rights.