Islamabad: It was earlier when India has filed a plea against Pakistan to acquit, release and return’ Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been in Pakistan’s custody since years on the charges of espionage.
However, The United Nations’ top court has passed its final verdict on Wednesday rejecting India’s request for the acquittal of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The Pakistan Premier Imran Khan took to his twitter handle on Thursday and hailed the final verdict presented by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which has rejected India’s request to ‘acquit, release and return’ Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The premier mentioned that “Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India.”
“He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law,” he further declared
Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 18, 2019
Here is the ICJ verdict which reads,
“The court notes that Pakistan acknowledges that the appropriate remedy in the present case would be effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence.”
As soon as the verdict was announced, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has termed this wise decision of the ICJ as the “victory of Pakistan.”
He mentioned that “Commander Jadhav will remain in Pakistan and will be treated in accordance with the law of Pakistan.”
The Hague-based court further replied to India’s claims stating that “It is not the conviction and sentence of Mr. Jadhav, which are to be regarded as a violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.”
India claimed that Jadhav was entitled to ‘restitutio in integrum’. The court has turned down its request by giving a verdict in Pakistan’s favor.