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India’s gambit of approaching the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case has paid off. Passing interim orders, the court has directed Pakistan to ensure that Mr Jadhav - accused and convicted of spying and subversive activities - is not executed till the case is finally decided.http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/kulbhushan-jadhav-case-icj-verdict-is-welcome-but-will-hit-india-pakistan-relations-badly/story-M7dW9r1qyJefhfGsqW9r3L.html

 

By winning a preliminary order from the International Court of Justice that prevents Pakistan from carrying out the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, India has won the battle of perceptions among members of the international community.

 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered that Pakistan stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, thereby handing a big diplomatic victory to India, but has also stopped short of ruling on the issue of consular access to Indian embassy officials in Pakistan for Jadhav, thereby allowing Pakistan to save face at the ICJ’s interim verdict.

 

When Pakistan’s intelligence services arrested Kulbhushan Jadhav, they thought they had found the smoking gun that would help them make the case against India for orchestrating terrorism, especially in insurgency-stricken Balochistan.

 

“The fatal conceit of most spies is to believe they are loved”, wrote historian Ben Macintyre, reflecting on the great Soviet spy Kim Philby “in a relationship between equals, and not merely manipulated”.

 

India’s lawyers will have walked away from The Hague on Thursday celebrating the court’s verdict affirming the key points they made.

 
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Any contest between India and Pakistan is likely to capture eyeballs. The difference on Monday was that this contest took place not in the Eden Gardens or the Gaddafi Stadium, nor even at the Edgbaston (which will play host to a Champions Trophy game next month).

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, this past week, showcased his hugely ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to heads of state and government from 29 countries in Beijing.

 

President Xi Jinping has just hosted a mega show to sell China’s massive Eurasian connectivity scheme, known variously as the One Belt One Road (OBOR), or the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), to the world.

 

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation concluded successfully yesterday with fruitful results. As so many large delegations participated, including from the US, Japan and South Korea, the international community has shown a very positive response to the infrastructure-building initiative. However, India sent no official representatives.

 


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