Pak can't hang Jadhav till final verdict: ICJ

After the International Court of Justice on Thursday stayed the execution by Pakistan of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan has chose to replace the lawyers that represented it at The Hague, media reports in Islamabad said.

The court asked Pakistan to take "all measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav is not executed till a final decision is taken.

The verdict represents a diplomatic setback for Pakistan, which has insisted that Mr Jadhav's espionage activities put him beyond the purview of the ICJ's jurisdiction, and that the court can not interfere in matters of national security.

"Pakistan's security is so important and we have to maintain our fundamental sovereign right", Aziz was quoted as saying by the daily.

Jadhav had been apprehended by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan on charges of terrorism and spying. ICJ has however rejected Pakistan's argument that the court does not have any jurisdiction in the matter.

While Indian partisans celebrated the court order, experts said Pakistan's powerful military could still take the high-risk decision to proceed with the execution and defy the court - for which there is precedent.

A lawyer for Pakistan added that a bilateral agreement allows either country to decide on consular access in cases involving "political or security" issues.

Despite several requests, the Indian government has also not been provided the first information report (FIR), charge-sheet, or a copy of the Pakistani military court's verdict against 46-year-old Jadhav.

Outlining the reasons for its decision, Abraham said Pakistan had given no assurances Jadhav would not be executed before the court delivered its final decision. However, media outlets in Pakistan are describing the ICJ order as a "setback" and even blamed poor preparation for its defeat at world Court.

Party leader Anand Sharma said the orders of the International Court of Justice was a matter of great relief for people in India.

"The International community must put pressure on Pakistan". "But (Jadhav) can not be executed until the stay order is there", Usmani said.

The ICJ's rulings are final and binding.

India had challenged Jadhav's sentence last week, basing its arguments around what it says have been violations of the Vienna Convention's rules on giving countries access to their citizens accused of crime on a foreign soil. The next day, the global court gave Jadhav a lease of life and stayed the death sentence as a provisional measure.

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