New Delhi, May 18: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) released its preliminary verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case on Thursday. The 15-judge bench unanimously decided to stay the execution of Kulbhushan, sanctioned by Pakistan’s military court. ICJ President Ronny Abraham, who led the bench of judges, ordered Pakistan to delay the hanging of Jadhav till August, when the ICJ would come out with final order in the case. Following the ruling in Kulbhushan’s favour, the Indian political establishment overwhelmingly welcomed the order. According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and senior advocate Harish Salve who was representing Kulbhushan at The Hague.

According to news agency ANI, PM Modi dialled Swaraj following the ICJ’s order and acknowledged the efforts taken by MEA to halt the execution of Jadhav. The Prime Minister also appreciated the efforts of Harish Salve, who presented Jadhav’s case before the ICJ.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier reacted to the development at The Hague, calling it a relief for Jadhav’s family. “The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India,” she reportedly said.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi termed the ICJ’s order as a major step towards “bringing Kulbhushan Jadhav back home”. He said Pakistan’s lies has been exposed before the whole world. “The international community of jurists have reacted in one voice against Pakistan. There was no trial in Pakistan against Kulbhushan. That (Pakistan’s military court’s order) was charade. It was a whole bogus stand put forward by Pakistan,”Attorney General added.

The final verdict of ICJ is expected to be released before August, when the 150-day period clemency period for Kulbhushan would end in Pakistan. “The final verdict have a binding effect on all parties concerned, including India and Pakistan,” Rohatgi remarked.