File Photo: Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. Photograph:( ANI )
'This judgement validates India's position on this matter fully. We will continue to work vigorously for Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav's early release and return to India'
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday commended the "Justice delivered by ICJ in Hague".
Welcoming the verdict, the MEA spokesperson posted on Twitter, "We welcome the justice delivered just now by ICJ in Hague, in the favour of India. The court by a vote of 15-1 has upheld India's claim that Pakistan is in violation of Vienna Convention on several counts."
"We also appreciate direction by the International Court of Justice that Pakistan should review and reconsider conviction and sentence given to Shri Jadhav by Pakistani military court, " the post said.
"We note that the Court has directed that Pakistan is under an obligation to inform Jadhav without further delay of his rights and to provide Indian consular officers access to him in accordance with Vienna Convention. We expect Pakistan to implement directive immediately, " the post added.
"This judgement validates India's position on this matter fully. We will continue to work vigorously for Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav's early release and return to India."
We stand validated.— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 17, 2019
We welcome the judgement delivered by the International Court of Justice in the Hague in favour of India in the case relating to Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav.https://t.co/ai2qlmXM4X pic.twitter.com/uPhbswui1J
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.