Kulbhushan Jadhav Verdict: Don't Get Too Excited, Shiv Sena tells Govt
In another blow to Pakistan, the ICJ said that the circumstances in which Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested remained “disputed”. (News18 Creatives)
Mumbai: In an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Shiv Sena asked the government not to get excited over the ruling given by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case until the Indian national is brought back home safely.
"Pakistan's arguments have been decimated in the court at The Hague. But the fight has not ended yet. We cannot forget the handiwork of Pakistan and also Sarabjit Singh's murder in a Lahore jail. Thus, the government should not get over excited over the ICJ order and remember that worries won't end till Kulbhushan Jadhav is brought back safely," the Sena said.
Sena, however, hailed the efforts taken by the External Affairs Ministry to secure the release of the former Navy officer, who has been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on espionage charges.
"External Affairs minister (Sushma Swaraj) had been from the beginning assuring that India will do everything possible to save Jadhav's life and her assurances have proved true at the first stage. She needs to be congratulated for this," it said.
Since Jadhav's arrest last year in March, India had sought consular access to him over a dozen times. It wasn't granted even once by Pakistan.
On May 18, in a major boost to India, which moved the UN's highest judicial body against the death sentence, the ICJ instructed Pakistan to take all "necessary measures at its disposal" to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it.
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