Nawaz, Pak Army Chief Discuss Stay Order On Kulbhushan’s Execution

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday held a meeting to discuss the stay order from the International Court of Justice against the hanging of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav+ , Geo News reported citing sources.

During the meeting, which lasted for around 90 minutes, Sharif was apprised of the latest developments in the Jadhav case. This is the second meeting in a week between Pakistan’s political head and the powerful general who commands the country’s army.

At the high-level meeting attended by the director general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar and finance minister Ishaq Dar , Sharif and Bajwa also discussed the Dawn leaks controversy, which had cast a shadow on the civil-military relations in the country.

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday stayed the execution of 46-year-old Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.

The order by the Hague-based ICJ came a day after India approached it against the death sentence handed down to Jadhav by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial last month.

India, in its appeal to the ICJ, accused Pakistan of “egregious” violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Reacting to the ICJ’s stay order, special advisor to Pakistan PM Sartaj Aziz said, “We are analysing the Indian petition and the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) authority (on the case).”

Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif accused India of trying to divert attention from “state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan” with its letter to the ICJ.