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Kulbhushan Jadhav's fate to be decided today at 3.30pm

Jadhav 46 was sentenced to death in March by a Pakistani military court and India approached the highest UN judicial body with the plea to stay his execution. PTI UN orders Pakistan not to execute Indian man accused of spying
Cris De Lacerda | 19 May, 2017, 22:09

A new team of lawyers would present Islamabad's position more effectively in the world court at The Hague, Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz was quoted by media reports as saying today; he also commented that the counsel for Pakistan had "courageously" presented their stance earlier this week.

Pakistan foreign office continues to maintain that ICJ order would not have any impact on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in Pakistan.

While presenting arguments, Pakistani counsel had informed ICJ that Jadhav, 46, was arrested in March previous year in the restive Balochistan province.

A top United Nations court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India.

In the meantime, yesterday a 11-judge bench of the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani military court until further notice, while observing that prima facie the Vienna Convention will apply in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Ronny Abraham, the Hague-based court's president, also asked Pakistan to inform the tribunal that it will implement the ruling, and stressed that ICJ decisions are binding on all state members.

The International Court of Justice on Thursday blocked the execution of Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying and subversion.

"The real face of India will be exposed before the world", he said, adding that Jadhav has confessed his crimes of sabotage, terrorism and subversion activities not only once but twice. The ICJ also said that its ruling is binding.

He said the ICJ had given its point of view on Jadhav's case to get consular access.

Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). As Pakistan had already denied India consular access to Jadhav, India approached the ICJ for a stay order on the death sentence. "It appears that the rights invoked by India under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention in the present case are plausible", Judge Abraham said.

Pakistan, on the other hand, wanted the ICJ to acknowledge its argument that the bilateral agreement on consular access takes precedence over the VCCR.

At hearings on Monday, India called Jadhav's trial a "serious miscarriage of justice" because he wasn't allowed to see Indian diplomats or choose his own defense lawyer.

He said the ICJ verdict on Jadhav proves that the somewhere the global court believes that there is substance in India's allegations.

"The ICJ has stated that by way of provisional measures, the status quo be maintained in the case of Jadhav".