All Eyes On Much Awaited ICJ’s Verdict On Jadhav Case

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The Hague: The most-awaited judgement in regard with the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is all set to be pronounced on Thursday at 3:30 pm  by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Locals in Mumbai are holding hawans for the release of Jadhav, the city native.

The people attending the prayers were seen carrying photos of Jadhav and banners that spoke of the support for him .Hawans are also being held in other parts of the country including Varanasi and Patna .

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Talking to ANI, Jadhav’s childhood friend Arvind Singh said he was hopeful that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would give a verdict in India’s favour.

Defence experts  demanded consular access for the safety of the ex-Indian Army officer. Defence expert P.K. Sehgal told ANI that India’s case was very well presented and India was absolutely firm putting that justice would be served to Jadhav.

The Pakistan military court awarded death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities”.

However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention.

India told the ICJ that immediate steps must be taken to stop Pakistan’s from carrying out the death sentence of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. Demanding immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, New Delhi expressed fear that Islamabad might execute the formal Naval officer even before the hearing of the ICJ was over.

Pakistan, on its part, told ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a ‘spy’. It also accused India of using the international body for political theatrics.

It will be a big success for India and a setback for Pakistan if the death sentence of Jadhav is suspended by the ICJ. Where on the one hand, India’s hopes regarding Jadhav will revive, on the other, Pakistan’s relations with the other nations will suffer, affecting the country multi-laterally and economically