Sand Sculpture Created Welcoming ICJ Verdict on Jadhav

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Pakistan will get a new team of lawyers to put forward its case vigorously in the International Court of Justice against letting off alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, media reports quoted a top official as saying.

"The CPI welcomes the ICJ's verdict staying the execution of Jadhav by Pakistan, though the final verdict is yet to be pronounced", it said in a statement.

The Hague-based court, the UN's highest judicial body, had yesterday stayed the execution of Jadhav, 46, considered to be a spy by Pakistan.

He said he has always tried to spread messages through his sand sculpture around the world.

Why did Pakistan not take the glaring and brutal human rights violations in India-held Kashmir before the court, despite the fact that Islamabad had a strong case in this regard, he asked, then answered his own question, saying that India had not conceded to the court's compulsory jurisdiction in this matter.

He was also of the view that the national security exception in the 2008 bilateral agreement between the two countries, which Pakistan was banking on, was only applicable to additional safeguards provided under the agreement.

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Pakistan says Jadhav, 46, was arrested in March past year in the restive Balochistan province.

"Being an arbitration forum, each contesting state was allowed to nominate one person of its choice to act as an ad hoc judge at the ICJ.India did nominate one but Pakistan did not", Khokhar said, adding that Pakistan's counsel did not argue for the full allotted time either. It also told Pakistan to give consular access to India. The ICJ found that the link exists between the rights claimed by India and the provisional measures sought.

Denying the charges, Pakistan has maintained that it had requested an Indian assistance in the investigation of Jadhav's alleged "involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan", which it said New Delhi did not provide.

"Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings", ordered Judge Ronny Abraham, president of the court, as he announced the decision. He said that several countries had executed convicts against the orders of ICJ.

India may succeed in persuading the Council to save Jadhav from a certain gallows, if China among the five permanent members has no right to veto in favour of Pakistan, its ally.