United Nations court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national

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The International Court of Justice today ruled that Pakistan should take "all measures at its disposal" to prevent the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav till ICJ announces its final judgement.

India approached the top United Nations court after Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court last month on charges of espionage and sabotage.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria hit out at India for "trying to hide its real face" by taking the Jadhav case to the world court.

The 11-judge bench of the UN's highest court presented its verdict two days after India and Pakistan gave their submissions on the 46-year-old former Indian naval officer.

Jadhav, a former Navy officer, was arrested in March 2016 from Balochistan, Pakistan claimed.

The Hague rejected the Pakistani argument that ICJ had no jurisdiction to hear the case and asserted that the proceedings will be carried out.

In the month of April, a rare move was taken by Pakistan's Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) which has resulted in awarding the death sentence to the alleged Indian spy Kulbushan Yadav.

The court yesterday pronounced its verdict on India's plea seeking provisional measures restraining the execution of Jadhav by Pakistan.

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Outlining the reasons for its decision, Abraham said Pakistan had "given no assurance" Jadhav would not be executed before the court delivered its final decision. However, Pakistan's Punjab province law minister Rana Sanaullah said Islamabad would accept the decision of the International Court of Justice.

Pakistani authorities say Jadhav confessed to being assigned by India's intelligence service to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities in Baluchistan "aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan".

The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017.

Pakistan's Dawn described the ICJ ruling as setback for the country.

Therefore the court was "satisfied there is an urgency in this case".

The International Court of Justice in its order said that the arguments put forward by the Pakistan were not sufficient to deny rights invoked by India.

Referring to Osama Bin Laden's compound in the Pakistan military academy, Mengal called upon the worldwide community to take action against Pakistan which is promoting religious terrorism across the world and the terrorists who are operating under the patronage of Pakistan intelligence agencies.

Sarabjit Singh died in prison in Pakistan in 2013 after more than 20 years on death row.

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