The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today hailed the verdict of the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav and expressed hope that the Indian national lodged in a Pakistan jail will now be allowed consular access.
"Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and the entire legal team which forcefully argued the Indian case before the International Court of Justice. They have done India proud", VHP international working president Pravin Togadia told PTI over phone.
"We are confident that today's development will compel Pakistan to review its unreasonable stance whereby it has denied consular access to Jadhav, who is helplessly languishing in jail, without any resources to defend himself", he said.
"We are sure that the Government will see to it that Jadhav does not have to suffer for long. He has been falsely accused of spying and terrorism. We pray for his release and we are confident that he will come back home safe and soon", Togadia added.
Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province in March last year while India maintains that the retired navy officer was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests.
India had moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last week alleging that the death penalty awarded to Jadhav violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
The ICJ today instructed Pakistan to take all "necessary measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final judgement of the global court.