18/05/2017 5:20 PM IST | Updated 18/05/2017 5:42 PM IST

India Hails ICJ's Decision To Stay The Execution Of Kulbhushan Jadhav

A Pakistani military court had sentenced him to death on charges of espionage.

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

In a major win for India, which had 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the efforts of Harish Salve who represented India in the Jadhav case, and thanked external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Swaraj tweeted "The ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav has come as a great relief to his family and the people of India".

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu called the verdict a major victory for India. He said ICJ has exposed Pakistan by upholding India's right to consular access.

Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh said the ICJ's decision has given the people of India a deep sense of satisfaction and relief.

Union Minister of Finance, Arun Jaitley too congratulated Sushma Swaraj and her team and said he felt relief and satisfaction. He also congratulated Harish Salve and said that he had done India proud.

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