New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed the International Court of Justice (ICJ) order staying the execution of former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and allowing India consular access to him.
“We welcome today’s verdict in the ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed," Modi said in a tweet, congratulating the international tribunal for its verdict "based on extensive study of facts".
We welcome today’s verdict in the @CIJ_ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice.Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 17, 2019
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the verdict is a big win for Modi’s diplomatic initiatives. “The ICJ’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav is big victory for India. The ICJ directing Pakistan to grant consular access to Jadhav and asking them to review the conviction and the sentence is a welcome decision, it is also a big win for PM Narendra Modi’s diplomatic initiative,” Singh said in a tweet.
The ICJ’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav is big victory for India. The ICJ directing Pakistan to grant consular access to Jadhav and asking them to review the conviction and the sentence is a welcome decision. It is also a big win for PM Sh.@narendramodi’s diplomatic initiative.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 17, 2019
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also took to Twitter to welcome the order.
I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 17, 2019
The ICJ ruled that Pakistan should review and reconsider the death sentence awarded to Jadhav through a means of its own choosing. Pakistan had unsuccessfully argued that Article 36 of the Vienna Convention does not apply to people involved in espionage.