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'Situation grave', Pakistan may hang Jadhav soon: India at ICJ

18 May 2017

Representing India's stand before the 11-judge bench of the global justice body, India's agent to the court, Deepak Mittal said that despite repeated requests, Pakistan denied consular access to Kulbhushan, which is in contravention of Vienna convention.

Indian on Monday sought an immediate suspension of the death sentence awarded to alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav in Pakistan saying there was a fear that he may be executed even before the decision of the worldwide court.

Looks like Pakistan is trying to influence Kulbhushan Jadhav's case by sending its Ambassador to UAE Moazzam Ahmad Khan to Hague, who is allegedly friend of a judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

India on Monday appealed to the UN's top court to order Pakistan to suspend its planned execution of an Indian national convicted of spying. Salve, who led the Indian legal team at ICJ, said the matter was "grave and urgent" and hence India approached this court, which took up the case "at such a short notice".

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India moved the ICJ last week to save Jadhav after Pakistan denied consular access despite 16 requests. India expressed its concern that there is an "immediate threat" that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav will be executed by Pakistan before ICJ comes to a conclusion. Further speaking on the issue, spokesperson said, "We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tension".

Nikam said that Jadhav did private business in Iran and the Iran Government agreed with that but still he was kidnapped, adding he was forced to give statements which are against the law.

Jadhav was arrested in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan in March 2016, where a separatist insurgency has raged for years. Third is that no consular access, no proper intimation, no access of Jadhav to his council and others have been given. "A period of 150 days is provided which even if it started on April 10, 2017, could well extend beyond August 10, 2017", the counsel for Pakistan told the court.

"The execution of the death sentence can not be done while this court is hearing the appeal".

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3/ Its application on Kulbhushan Jadhav is unnecessary and misconceived.

Meanwhile, the ICJ declined to play the alleged confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav recorded previous year when he was arrested by army officials. Responding to India's charges at the International Court of Justice, the country ruled out any immediate execution.

India had appealed against the death sentence on May 8, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan.

Pakistan had denied India its 16 requests for consular access, Salve said.

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'Situation grave', Pakistan may hang Jadhav soon: India at ICJ