Immediately suspend Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence: India at ICJ

India called for immediate suspension of its national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention by denying its 16 requests for consular access.

As the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearing Jadhav’s case, India argued that human rights treated as ‘basics’ all over had been thrown to the wind by Pakistan.

All requests for consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav had fallen on ‘deaf ears’, it said.

The present situation, attorney Harish Salve said before the court, was grave and that is why India had sought ICJ’s indulgence.

Both sides will get 90 minutes each to argue their case before the UN’s principal judicial body. India may avail a ‘short extension’ beyond 90 minutes to present its case, the judge had said in his opening remarks.

A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav last month for espionage and subversive activities.

(Agencies)

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