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Illegal Detention of Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan (India vs. Pakistan)

Issue in International Court of Justice

Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav (alias: Hussain Mubarak Patel) is an Indian national held prisoner in Pakistan accused of terrorism and spying for India’s Intelligence service, the Research and Analysis wing (shortened RAW). K. Jadhav is an officer in India’s navy and, according to the Pakistani government, involved in incendiary actions against the Pakistani government. India recognises Jadhav as a former naval officer but states that he is no longer in service of the government and was living in Iran at the time of arrest.

On 3rd of March 2016, Jadhav was arrested during a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan, Pakistan, close to the Pakistani-Iranian border. One month later, on the 10th of April 2016, he was sentenced to death by a ‘Field General Court Martial’ (shortened FGCM) who is part of the Pakistani Judge Advocate General Branch. India has been fighting his execution ever since.

On the 26th of March, India heard of the arrest of Jadhav and the country sought consular access to its resident but has been ignored by Pakistan ever since. Thirteen reminders have been sent to the Pakistani government but without any response. Almost one year after they first sought to gain consular access, India has decided to approach the International Court of Justice to save its citizen. The International Court of Justice has put Jadhav’s execution on hold until Pakistan has enough valid evidence that Jadhav was behaving unlawfully.

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