After the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, political leaders across the party lines welcomed the verdict and termed it a big victory for India.
Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" after a closed trial in April 2017.
A bench led by President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an "effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav".
Soon after the ICJ's verdict, celebrations erupted in Jadhav's native Satara village in western Maharashtra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the verdict and said that 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."
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 17, 2019
Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed the verdict and said that it was a 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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi's diplomatic initiative."
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.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 17, 2019
It is also a big win for PM Sh.@narendramodi’s diplomatic initiative.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also welcomed the verdict but said the Indian national's safety is unaddressed and he remains "vulnerable" to another "miscarriage of justice" by Pakistan.
2/3— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) July 17, 2019
Every Indian’s concern for safety & well being of #kulbhushanJadav remains unaddressed!
ICJ has authorised rogue Pak to-
1. Review & reconsider Jadav’s case;
2. In a ‘manner’ and ‘forum’ of their choosing(Para 146)
Leaves Jadhav vulnerable to another miscarriage of justice pic.twitter.com/nMKS9T8LWT
3/3— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) July 17, 2019
Refusal by ICJ to allow return of Jadhav to India is unnerving
Para 137-“it is not the conviction and sentence of Mr. Jadhav which are to be regarded as a violation of Article 36…these submissions made by India cannot be upheld”
Urge the Govt to seek revision of this part! pic.twitter.com/CTXsxNnGEJ
Former External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, also termed the verdict as a success and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the initiative to take Kulbhushan Jadhav's case to the ICJ.
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
Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu also welcomed the verdict and said that no effort must be spared to bring Kulbhushan Jadhav back to India.
I join millions of my fellow Indians to welcome the International Court of Justice’s judgment staying the execution of #KulbhushanJadhav. No effort must be spared to bring him back to our motherland #JaiHind— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) July 17, 2019
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the ICJ has delivered ‘justice’ in the "true sense of that word, upholding human rights, due procedure and the rule of law."
ICJ delivers ‘justice’ in the true sense of that word, upholding human rights, due procedure and the rule of law— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) July 17, 2019
The verdict in the high-profile case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete.