The Shiv Sena told the Indian government “not to get excited” over the International Court of Justice’s ruling in the in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case until the Indian national is brought back home safely.
It, however, hailed the external affairs ministry’s efforts to secure the release of the former Navy officer, who was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on espionage charges.
“Pakistan’s arguments have been decimated at the Hague. But, the fight has not ended yet. We cannot forget the handiwork of Pakistan and even Sarabjit Singh’s murder in a Lahore jail. That is why the government should not get excited over the ICJ order. It should remember that its worries won’t end until Kulbhushan Jadhav is brought back safely,” reads an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
It said the MEA’s diplomatic moves were instrumental to the case. “External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had been had assured us in the very beginning that India would do all it could to save Jadhav’s life. She needs to be congratulated,” it says.
The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the familly of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 18, 2017
I compliment my team of officers in the MEA for their tireless efforts and hard work.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 18, 2017
The Shiv Sena also praised Indian lawyer Harish Salve, saying the effective manner in which he presented his case led to the verdict in the country’s favour.
On May 18, the ICJ instructed Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision.