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Don't Hang Kulbhushan Jadhav Before Final Verdict: UN Court Tells Pakistan

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Don't Hang Kulbhushan Jadhav Before Final Verdict: UN Court Tells Pakistan

India had called on International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order Pakistan to suspend the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Navy Officer.

Pakistan must ensure that Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed until a final decision is taken on India's appeal against his death sentence, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague has said.

In an emergency hearing on Monday, New Delhi had called on UN's Top Court to order Islamabad to suspend the Execution of the Former Indian Navy Officer held guilty by a Pakistani Military Court of Spying.

Mr. Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 and Pakistani officials claimed that he had confessed to spying for Indian Intelligence Services. He was sentenced to death last month.

The President of the UN Court, Ronny Abraham, read out the decision.

The two countries faced each other in the International Court amid a sharp escalation in tension over the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the recent mutilation of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistanis.

India had expressed its fear that Pakistan may execute Mr. Jadhav even before the UN Court decides on its appeal. In the Court Hearing, the government accused Pakistan of "egregious violations of the Vienna convention" by denying him access to legal counsel and consular access and refusing to reveal the charges or evidence against him.

The Government wants the World Court to decide whether Pakistan has broken the convention and International Human Rights Law.

Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav was "an innocent Indian national, who, incarcerated in Pakistan for more than a year on concocted charges ... has been held incommunicado... and faces imminent execution," India told the tribunal.

Pakistan denied that the execution was imminent, saying that Mr. Jadhav had time at least until August for legal remedies. It's representative also accused India of "political grandstanding" and told the court that Mr. Jadhav "has confessed to having been sent by India to wage terror on the innocent civilians and infrastructure of Pakistan".

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