Pakistan can not execute Kulbhushan Jadhav till the court rules on case: ICJ

Dealing a blow to Pakistan, the court clarified that provisions of the Vienna Convention can be invoked even in cases of those charged with espionage.

Pakistan must ensure that Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed until a final decision is taken on his case, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague said. It also said that Pakistan should keep the court informed of what steps it is taking to implement the order.

Pakistan has on 16 occasions denied consular access to India to its citizen.

Asian neighbors Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations, and Jadhav's death sentence has further strained ties.

Describing it as "farcical", India said Pakistan must ensure he is not executed until a court decision.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3 past year and sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. The world Court said Vienna Convention does not contain provisions of excluding persons suspected of terrorism or espionage.

The UNs highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhavs sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it “of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order”.

It would be "foolish to accept" the United Nations court's jurisdiction in the case of Indian spy, the resolution states.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi following court's verdict expressed satisfaction at the judgement of ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

The two countries are battling it out in the worldwide court amid a sharp escalation in tension over ceasefire violations by Pakistan, terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the recent mutilation of two Indian soldiers by Pakistanis.

Fighting to save Jadhav, India on Monday told the International Court of Justice that there is an "immediate threat" that he may be executed any time that calls for urgent suspension of the sentence, media reports said. On May 9, the global court stayed the death sentence as a provisional measure. "Government of India sought advice from me at the initial stage after which I researched about the case and gave my advice", he said. "I am not surprised by the ICJ decision as we need to understand that death penalty is not liked internationally, which is reflected in the decision".

Pakistan alleges that Jadhav was working as an Indian spy when he was arrested in the southwestern province of Baluchistan in March 2016.

Later he got into an online debate after a derogating tweet which emanated from Pakistan claimed that no matter what the ICJ's ruling was, jadhav will be hanged.

10th May, 2017: ICJ has written to the Pakistan government to, put on hold the execution of Jadhav.