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Sushma Swaraj welcomes ICJ's verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case; thanks PM Modi, Harish Salve

Sushma Swaraj. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 17, 2019, 07.12 PM (IST)

Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter after the victory of India at the International Court of Justice on Wednesday.

Referring to the judgement as "great victory" for India, Swaraj said, "I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India."

"I thank the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for our initiative to take Jadhav's case before International Court of Justice. I thank Mr.Harish Salve for presenting India's case before ICJ very effectively and successfully."

"I hope the verdict will provide the much needed solace to the family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav, "she added.

It was during Sushma's tenure as External Affairs Minister that India had approached ICJ in the case.

Soon after Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother returned after meeting him in Pakistan in December 2017, they met the then EAM Sushma Swaraj. The meeting was also attended by S Jaishankar (incumbent EAM), then foreign secretary in MEA.

A few days after the meeting, Sushma had slammed Pakistan for using Jadhav's meeting with his family for propaganda.

In a big win for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday gave consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested and given death sentence by Pakistan on charges of espionage.

Upholding India's stand that Pakistan has violated the 1963 Vienna Convention, the ICJ said that Jadhav's trial by a military court in Pakistan is not accepted thereby stopping his execution.

The death sentence by a Pakistani military court was questioned by India, which said its based on an "extracted confession". 

Jadhav, a former Indian navy commander, was arrested in Pakistan in March 2016 and convicted of spying.

 

 

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'I thank the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for our initiative to take Jadhav's case before International Court of Justice. I thank Mr.Harish Salve for presenting India's case before ICJ very effectively and successfully'