ICJ order serious indictment of Pak judicial system: Jaitley

Pakistan does not accept the International Court of Justice's jurisdiction in matters related to national security, its Foreign Office said today after the United Nations court stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

On May 8, the Indian government approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the Netherlands, arguing that Pakistan had denied India consular access to Mr Jadhav 16 times and that his trial and sentencing violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

State-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan further reported Aziz saying that Qureshi had courageously represented Pakistan at the International Court of Justice.

India has denied Jadhav was a spy, and accused Pakistan of "egregious violations of the Vienna convention" by denying him access to legal counsel and consular visits, and refusing to reveal the charge sheet against him.

However, reacting on ICJ's order, Pakistan while challengig the authority of ICJ said that it cannot be a party to Pakistan's national security.

In Jadhav's case, Pakistan claimed that its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

The ICJ rejected Pakistan's stance and stated that the court had jurisdiction and would hear the case and seek arguments from both parties. "Jadhav has openly admitted to being a Research and Analysis Wing agent and to being involved in sabotaging peace in Pakistan". "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.

Hamdani told DunyaNews that the ICJ took up India's matter on an urgent basis because Pakistan hadn't assured it that it wouldn't "hang Jadhav before the hearing is over".

India had said that hanging him would be a "premeditated murder".

Last week, after India challenged the death sentence, Pakistan was asked by the International Court to put it on hold.

He said Pakistan's position was clear as it was a matter of national security. Therefore the court was "satisfied" of the "urgency" of the case. The International Court of Justice granted these measures after a public hearing was conducted on May 15. But death sentences have rarely been issued in recent years.

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