The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday overturned the death sentence against Indian Navy veteran Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court. In the ICJ’s interim order, an 11-judge bench unanimously observed that India has presented sufficient evidence to prove that Jadhav is at risk of being executed ahead of the court’s final order. It directed Pakistan to ensure Jadhav is not executed pending its final verdict, even though Jadhav’s clemency period will end in August.
Here are some reactions to the verdict:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: PM Modi expressed satisfaction at the judgement of International Court of Justice. He also thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and congratulated advocate Harish Salve, who represented India at The Hague, reported news agency PTI.
Amit Shah, BJP President: India welcomes ICJ’s decision to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav. This brings immense relief to his family and to the entire nation. This is a result of tireless efforts of our MEA Smt Sushma Swaraj and her team, that handled the matter proactively. India under the decisive leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi stands firmly for the safety of each and every citizen of our country.
Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs: The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the familly of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India. We are grateful to Mr. Harish Salve for presenting India’s case so effectively before the ICJ. I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save Kulbhushan Jadhav. I compliment my team of officers in the MEA for their tireless efforts and hard work.
Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister: Well done! Harish Salve – you have done India Proud. ICJ verdict endorses the relevance and necessity of procedural and substantive fairness which was denied by Pakistan. Congratulations to EAM Smt. Sushma Swaraj ji and the entire Hague team. Relief and satisfaction as the ICJ order has come – Rule of Law has won.
Rajnath Singh, Home Minister: ICJ’s decision to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav gives people of India a deep sense of satisfaction and relief, he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Venkaiah Naidu, I&B Minister: Major victory for India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. ICJ upholds India’s right to consular access, put a stay on death execution. Justice prevails. ICJ staying execution of Kukbhushan Jadhav has exposed Pakistan. I’m sure final order too will go in our favour. Compliment efforts of Sushma Swaraj ji for taking right initiatives in the case that has led to this major victory and justice.
Suresh Prabhu, Railways Minister: ICJ decision in Kulbhushan Jadhav matter a great victory for India. Congratulations to Sushma Swaraj ji! Leadership Hon. PM Narendra Modi. Strong leader, iron will, all citizen’s interest at heart, results in justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS (IC) Labour and Employment: Commendable job done by Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the Indian lawyer Harish Salve as ICJ stays death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan. Under the able leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, the government is taking extraordinary initiatives to save Jadhav. Acche Din.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (IC) Petroleum & Natural Gas: Congratulations to Hon MEA Sushma Swaraj ji, her team & Harish Salve ji for their efforts in securing stay in Kulbhushan Jadhav case at ICJ. Despite being a signatory of Vienna Convention, denial of Consular Access by Pakistan highlights their defiance to International Treaties.
Parshottam Rupala, MoS Agriculture, Farmers’ Welfare & Panchayati Raj: A big victory for Indian diplomacy International Court of Justice put stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty. International Court of Justice has asked Pakistan to give counselor access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, long way to go yet a big outcome.
Gulam Nabi Azad, Congress leader: The case against Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan was a sham and was in gross violation of international law as his execution was ordered by a kangaroo court without consular access. It is appreciated that the World Court saw reason in the Indian appeal, reported PTI.
Manish Tewari, Congress leader: Government of India must use the ICJ decision as a trigger to bring Kulbhushan Jadhav back. ICJ has given a favorable decision, he told ANI.
Randeep S Surjewala, Congress spokesperson: ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav brings welcome relief. GOI should use full diplomatic might & efforts at all fora to ensure his safe return.
Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General: Indian stand is victorious, congratulate all concerned persons, especially the External Affairs Ministry. Hope that the final decision also comes India’s way and we can see Mr. Jadhav come back home. The entire thing was a charade, Pakistan completely blown by this decision. The decision is certainly binding for both states, he told ANI.
Tilak Devasher (Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat: Comprehensive and unambiguous decision. We’ve managed to save Kulbhushan Jadhav from jaws of death, he told ANI.
PP Chaudhary, MoS Law: Nation is very happy. There is no evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav, trail against him is illegal. void and abusive.