Congress, CPI laud ICJ's stay on Jadhav death sentence

| Updated: May 19, 2017 01:20 IST

New Delhi [India] May 18 (ANI): The Congress and Communist Party of India (CPI) have lauded the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling to stay the death sentence imposed by Pakistan on former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ earlier in the day granted a stay on execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan pending the final decision of the Court. It also told Pakistan to give consular access to India to meet Jadhav. This is a big diplomatic win for India. Senior Congress leader and former union minister Manish Tewari welcomed the ICJ decision and urged the government to use it as a trigger to bring back Jadhav safely. "The government of India must use the ICJ decision as a trigger to bring Kulbhushan Jadhav back. The ICJ has given a favourable decision which is absolutely humanitarian and content. Now, the government of India must use this decision to see that Jadhav comes back home safely," Tewari told ANI. Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad too welcomed the ICJ ruling. "Case against Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan was a sham and was in gross violation of international law as his execution was ordered by a kangaroo court without consular access. It is appreciated that the World Court saw reason in Indian appeal and could see through the false Pakistan propaganda by rightly turning down their request to play the purported confessional video during hearing earlier," Azad said in a statement. Azad also congratulated the Indian team which represented the country in the International Court of Justice and stressed that the Government should not leave any stone unturned to ensure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav and his return to our country. CPI leader D Raja said the ICJ ruling has vindicated India's stand on Jadhav. He told ANI that the communist Party of India welcomes the ICJ verdict. It vindicates India's stand on this issue and finally truth prevails upon. "Finally the truth will triumph and Jadhav will be brought back to the country. As a political party, we wanted Jadhav not be executed," said Raja. (ANI)