We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav. He is innocent of all charges leveled against him. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Minister of India


NV Newsdesk

NEW DELHI: Addressing both Houses of Parliament today on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said the International Court of Justice verdict is "not only a vindication for India but all those who believe in the rule of law". The foreign minister also said the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired navy officer detained by Pakistan on charges of spying, has shown "exemplary courage".

Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, was arrested by Pakistan in March 2016 and accused of espionage. A year later, he was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. India has rubbished all charged against him.

The world court on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence of the retired navy officer and provide India consular access.

Describing Kulbhushan Jadhav's detention as "illegal", Foreign Minister called upon Pakistan to "release and repatriate him immediately". "We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav," Jaishankar said.

Denying India's request for access to Jadhav, Pakistan has repeatedly said New Delhi only wanted the information gathered by "its spy".

Jaishankar today said India would continue its efforts to ensure his safety. "His family has shown exemplary courage in difficult circumstances. I can assure the government will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure his safety and well being, as well as his early return to India," he said as other parliamentarians in the house thumped their desks in agreement.

"Spoken to Kulbhushan’s family. Applaud their courage. Satyamev Jayate." Jaishankar tweeted earlier in the day.