Pakistan Should Release Kulbhushan Jadhav: S Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said the International Court of Justice verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is “not only a vindication for India but all those who believe in the rule of law”. Adding that the family of Jadhav have shown “exemplary courage”.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is a former Indian Navy officer who is on a death row in Pakistan on charges of espionage and terrorism after he was arrested by Pakistan in March 2016.

The UN court on Wednesday also noted Pakistan had not informed Jadhav about his rights. There was a three-week delay in informing India about Jadhav’s arrest.

Jaishankar called Jadhav’s detention as “illegal” and asked Pakistan to “release and repatriate him immediately”.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed the judgement and said “truth and justice has prevailed”.

The Indian Government challenged the “farcical trial” that Kulbhushan Jadhav was put through on the basis of what it claims was an extracted confession, and has asked the world court to order Pakistan to annul the sentence and allow India consular access.

Pakistan claims that its security forces had arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he entered the country from Iran. However, India asserted that he was kidnapped from Iran, where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Source : Various