External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said Pakistan has now to review Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by a vote of 15:1 has upheld India’s claim that Pakistan is in violation of Vienna Convention on several counts. The ICJ has directed that Pakistan is under an obligation to inform Jadhav without further delay of his rights and to provide Indian consular officers access to him in accordance with Vienna Convention, the EAM said in the upper house.
Jaishankar said Kulbhushan Jadhav is in illegal custody of Pakistan under fabricated charges and called the ICJ judgement vindication of not only Jadhav but all those who believe in rule of law. Assuring the Rajya Sabha about Jadhav’s early return to India, the EAM said the govt will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure his safety and well being. In 2017, the government made a commitment on floor of the House to undertake all steps necessary to protect interest and welfare of Jadhav and the Modi government has made untiring efforts in seeking his release including through legal means in ICJ, he added.
Jaishankar also heaped praise on Jadhav’s family for showing exemplary courage in difficult circumstances. The BJP leader said India once again calls upon Pakistan to release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Prime-Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded the ICJ after the verdict of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case came out. He said the truth and justice have prevailed. Prime Minister Modi also congratulated ICJ saying that the verdict is the result of extensive study of facts.PM Modi added that the Indian government will work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar would be visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 25-26, 2019 to participate in the Standalone Meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Foreign Ministers.