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Many Western diplomats and development-walas, cheered on by their Kathmandu plaudits, tend to portray Nepal as a failed or failing state.

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In the first round of the legal battle over the fate of Kulbushan Jadhav at The Hague, the International Court of Justice stayed his execution and rejected Pakistan’s contention that the court did not have jurisdiction over the case.


It would appear that with every passing day diplomatic relations between Islamabad and Kabul are ever more firmly trapped in a downward spiral.


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).


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