Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence should be declared invalid

A Pakistani military court awarded death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav last month for alleged espionage and subversive activities

The Hague Battle: International Court of Justice to hold hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case today

Pakistan did not complete its stipulated 90 minutes allocated to present its case in response to India seeking ICJ's urgent intervention to save Jadhav from the gallows following a dubious trial in a military court in Pakistan.

World renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Monday carved a larger-than-life sculpture of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav at Puri beach in Odisha to seek justice for the former Navy officer.

"India has been unable to provide an explanation for Jadhav's passport which bears a Muslim name", Faisal said at the ICJ.

"The situation is grave, it is urgent, and hence we approached this court at such short notice", senior lawyer Harish Salve, representing India, told the United Nations court.

Later, Pakistan's counsel in the case, Khawar Qureshi prayed to the court to reject the Indian petition.

The ICJ on Monday heard arguments of both India and Pakistan.

Pakistan did not inform India of his arrest.

The court's president already has written to Pakistan urging it to take no action that could affect the hearings - effectively a request to prevent the death sentence being carried out. His sentencing has become the latest flashpoint in India-Pakistan ties.

"There is an immediate threat to him to be executed even before a decision is passed", joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Deepak Mittal (who was India's agent at ICJ) told the court in opening remarks.

Mittal termed the military court trial of Jadhav as "farcical".

Invalidating the assertions levelled on Jadhav by Pakistan, Salve contended that India's case is that all through his detainment, Jadhav was denied consular get to. Making a strong argument, India completely exposed Pakistan's claims and raised a demand for immediate lifting of the death sentence imposed on Jadhav. The 11-Bench court, of which an Indian judge is also a member, will now pronounce its order in a day or two.

“Simply by referring to the clemency process available as a right to commander Jadhav.

The court was also informed that visa applications made by Jadhav's parents did not get any approval from Pakistan.

"We have highlighted the contradictions in Pak Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz's statements of March 3 and April 10, when he first said there was insufficient evidence against Jadhav".

But death sentences have rarely been issued in recent years. Jadhav has been accused of espionage by Pakistan.

Tom added, "The caveat is that Pakistan is saying that the Vienna Convention is not applicable to them".

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