Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was allegedly abducted by Pakistani intelligence from Iran and sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terrorism by a farcical military court in Pakistan, got a glimmer of hope as the ICJ asked Islamabad to review the death sentence order.
Jadhav is being held in an Inter-Services Intelligence-run facility in Rawalpindi.
Islamabad has recently backed down from its anti-India rhetoric because of its financial instability and mounting international pressure.
It recently opened its air space for commercial aircraft without India having to pull back military aircraft along the border, a demand which Pakistan made. It arrested terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed. And now losing ground in the Jadhav case, Pakistan is certainly on the backfoot.
Though Pakistan had first offered to extradite Jadhav in a letter dated 30 October, 2017, written soon after India moved the International Court of Justice against his conviction, it is a loss of face value for the Pak Army Generals.
The letter constituted an offer to return Jadhav to India, if New Delhi accepted his complicity in terrorism against Pakistan and was prepared to subject him to a criminal-law process.
Islamabad’s supplementary First Information Report filed on 6 September, 2017 against Jadhav names National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, former naval chief Suresh Mehta, and former Research and Analysis Wing chief Alok Joshi as being among 15 “accomplices and facilitators”. New Delhi responded by saying that it had no reason to believe Jadhav had committed any crime for which he could be tried. New Delhi would still treat any release offer with caution, if it involved an official admission that the country extended support to insurgent groups in Balochistan.