Thursday, May 18, 2017
Pakistan Is Ordered to Suspend Execution of Indian Convicted of Espionage
Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer convicted of espionage, was arrested in March 2016 and accused by the Pakistani government of being a part of terrorist activities in the southwest province of Baluchistan. He was sentenced to death in April of this year. Authorities in Pakistan believe his arrest is proof of India's involvement in terrorist activities in their country. The Indian government, however, believes that Mr. Jadhav was conducting business in Iran before Pakistani authorities kidnapped him and took him to Pakistan. The Indian government thinks that the Pakistani government prevented Mr. Jadhav from having a fair trial and from having access to consular officers following his arrest, along with violating the Vienna Convention. A case was filed with the International Court of Justice by the Indian government. As a result, the International Court of Justice has ordered Pakistan to delay Mr. Jadhav's execution until it's able to rule on the case. The Indian government celebrated the court's order, while the Pakistani government played it down, claiming that "These measures have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision of the court," in a statement.