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ICJ suspends Kulbhushan Jadhav execution, asks Pak to review punishment

Pakistan must provide consular access to Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, says International Court of Justice

BS Web Desk & Agencies  |  New Delhi 

Kulbhushan Jadhav
Kulbhushan Jadhav's friends offer special prayers, ahead of ICJ verdict, in Mumbai on Wednesday | Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ruled in India's favour in its appeal to remove a former Indian Navy officer on death row in Pakistan, TV news channels reported.

TV reports said the world court ruled that Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav's death sentence should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the decision, and granted consular access to India.

Pakistan has said Jadhav, 49, was arrested in its restive southwestern province of Balochistan in March 2016 on charges of espionage. He was then sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in 2017, sparking outrage in India.

India insists that Jadhav was not a spy and says he was kidnapped by Pakistan. New Delhi had asked the ICJ to order Islamabad to annul the sentence.

First Published: Wed, July 17 2019. 18:37 IST