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Victory of crores of Indians: Sarabjit's sister on ICJ verdict

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh, who died in a jail in 2013, today hailed the verdict of the International of Justice (ICJ) staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, terming it as a victory of crores of Indians.

"It is victory of crores of Indians. It is also a victory for and its and the legal team which worked tirelessly in Jadhav's case," she said.

Jadhav is facing the gallows in after a military summarily convicted him of espionage and engaging in subversive activities.

"Whatever may say, they have been exposed before the world today. The ICJ order has come as a great relief not just to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav but also to the people of India," told PTI over phone.

After Pakistan military court's decision, had said that should approach the ICJ.

"Approaching ICJ helped us. Pakistan does not have any proof against Jadhav, who is one step closer to his freedom," she said.

When asked that Pakistan has said it does not accept ICJ's jurisdiction in matters related to its national security, Kaur said, "they have been exposed before the world, what else will they say. At least now they should learn from their mistakes."

"They had thrown dice thinking they will let down and defame us, but India put up Jadhav's case strongly. Everyone knows that Pakistan breeds terrorism from its soil and they are involved in proxy war with us," she said.

Kaur's brother Sarabjit had died following an attack on him by inmates of a Lahore prison in April 2013. He was convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani and sentenced to death in 1991. However, the had stayed his execution for an indefinite period in 2008.

lamented, "had the then moved International Court of Justice in Sarabjit's case, he would have been alive".

"Had ICJ been moved in Sarabjit's case, he would have been amongst us today," she said.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 21:42 IST