The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is announcing a verdict on an urgent bid by India to stop Pakistan from carrying out a death sentence on its spy Kulbushan Jadhav.
India had moved the UN court urging it to suspend Jadhav’s sentence and declare that it was arrived at “in brazen defiance of Vienna Convention rights”. Pakistan had defended its position by terming New Delhi’s story a far-fetched one as criminal cases did not fall within the purview of the Vienna Convention.
Jadhav, an Indian Navy commander and agent of the RAW, was arrested in a raid near the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman in March last year and was later sentenced to death by a military court followed by a confirmation by army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The bilateral dialogue process between Islamabad and New Delhi was suspended after Jadhav’s arrest. Jadhav, in a video confession circulated shortly after his arrest, admitted to carrying out subversive activities inside Pakistan for India’s premier intelligence agency. India had sought consular access to Jadhav, however, Pakistan refused its request.
Pakistan believes that India is using covert means to foment violence in the country with an aim to undermine the multibillion dollar ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative of China. The recent surge in terrorist attacks in the country has once again brought the India intelligence agencies’ role in backing the terrorism in Pakistan to the spotlight.
Security officials claim that RAW was using certain militant outfits operating out of Afghanistan to carryout terrorist attacks in the country. The current Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is considered to be the architect of this policy called ‘offensive defensive’ that advocates a policy of supporting proxies to create trouble inside Pakistan.