Deadline for Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against execution ends today

Presiding judge Ronny Abraham of France right enters to read the World Court's verdict in the case brought by India against Pakistan in The Hague Netherlands Thursday

Presiding judge Ronny Abraham of France right enters to read the World Court's verdict in the case brought by India against Pakistan in The Hague Netherlands Thursday

A new team of lawyers would present Islamabad's position more effectively in the world court at The Hague, Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz was quoted by media reports as saying today; he also commented that the counsel for Pakistan had "courageously" presented their stance earlier this week.

In its order indicating provisional measures, which was adopted unanimously, the Court also stated that the Government of Pakistan shall inform it of all measures taken in implementation of that Order.

Adding that "status quo" will be maintained, Pakistani Attorney General's office said, "We are determined to pursue this case to its logical end".

Outlining the reasons for its decision, Abraham said Pakistan had given no assurances Jadhav would not be executed before the court delivered its final decision.

"The decision to stay Jadhav's execution pending ICJ hearing is unanimous", said ICJ President Ronny Abraham.

Pakistan, on the other hand, wanted the ICJ to acknowledge its argument that the bilateral agreement on consular access takes precedence over the VCCR.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

The International Court in its order also said that rights invoked by India under the Vienna Convention are plausible.

New Delhi argued in a preliminary hearing at the ICJ on Monday that Islamabad violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying Jadhav access to legal assistance.

"The ICJ was not going to say don't give consular access", Hamdani said.

Rulings by the court are final and binding on the countries involved. "But (Jadhav) can not be executed until the stay order is there". He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court last month.

The United Nation's highest court has ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer who has been convicted of spying and terrorism.

He said Pakistan's position was clear as it was a matter of national security.

The case - a rare foray for the two nations into the global courts - has highlighted the recent sharp upsurge in tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The ICJ asserted its jurisdiction over the case of the 46-year-old former Indian Navy officer while noting that the circumstances of his arrest remain disputed.

In an obvious reference to Jadhav's trial in a Pakistani military court, Jaitley said any form of judicial proceeding which is conducted in secrecy and in darkness and is not open for any public gaze, lacks the very appearance of justice.

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