New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday welcomed the verdict of the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying "truth and justice" have prevailed.
"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," the prime minister tweeted. He said he is sure that Jadhav "will get justice".
Modi also said that his 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.
The Congress on Wednesday welcomed the International Court of Justice verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, but said the Indian national's safety is unaddressed and he remains "vulnerable" to another "miscarriage of justice" by Pakistan.
The International Court of Justice has ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism".
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she was "heartened by the Kulbhushan Verdict. "At last justice has prevailed. All of India joins his family in their joy!" she said.
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, in a series of tweets, said: "We welcome and celebrate the decision of the ICJ in holding Pakistan to be in stark violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and staying the illegally ordered execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav! Satyamev Jayate!"
"Every Indian's concern for safety & well being of #kulbhushanJadav remains unaddressed! ICJ has authorised rogue Pakistan to -- 1. Review and reconsider Jadhav's case; 2. In a 'manner' and 'forum' of their choosing...Leaves Jadhav vulnerable to another miscarriage of justice," he said. Surjewala also said that the refusal by the ICJ to allow return of Jadhav to India is "unnerving".
While we support the ICJ's decision to stay the death sentence, we will continue to demand the release of #KulbhushanJadhav.— Congress (@INCIndia) July 17, 2019
We urge the Indian Govt to leave no stone unturned to get the ICJ to reverse this part.
Quoting paragraph 137 of the verdict which says it is not the conviction and sentence of Jadhav which are to be regarded as a violation of Article 36 and these submissions made by India cannot be upheld, Surjewala urged the government to seek revision of this part.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel hailed the verdict, saying the ICJ ruling is a significant victory for India. "My compliments to the government & our legal team for relentlessly pursing this case. Pakistan stands exposed for treating unfairly Mr. Jadhav in violation of the Vienna Convention," he said in a tweet.
Patel said Jadhav should be released unconditionally after the verdict as Pakistan has no ground to stand on. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram welcomed the verdict, saying justice has been delivered in the true sense of the word.
"ICJ delivers 'justice' in the true sense of that word, upholding human rights, due procedure and the rule of law," senior Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted. "A 15:1 verdict is actually a unanimous verdict," he said.