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Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pak gets a lashing from international court



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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It asked Pakistan to inform the court of measures taken to implement the order staying the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The International Court of Justice on Thursday asked Pakistan to ensure that Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav is not hanged until further orders and stayed his execution. The court asked Pakistan to give India consular access to Jadhav on Thursday, which in itself was a violation of the Vienna Convention, the court said.

ICJ President Ronny Abraham, who read out the judgement of the bench comprising 11 judges, had harsh words for Pakistan. The judge said Pakistan had violated Article 36 of the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav. He rejected Pakistan’s contention that the court had no jurisdiction on the Jadhav death sentence. “The court considers it has prime facia jurisdiction in the case,” he said.

The court provided India provisional rights to safeguard his life.  It asked Pakistan to inform the court of measures taken to implement this order.

The court observed that Pakistan has indicated that any execution of Jadhav would probably not take place before the month of August 2017. “This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the Court has given its final decision in the case. The Court also notes that Pakistan has given no assurance that Jadhav will not be executed before the Court has rendered its final decision. In those circumstances, the Court is satisfied that there is urgency in the present case,” an ICJ press release on the case said.

The court was composed as follows: President Abraham of France; Judges Hisashi Owada of Japan, Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade of Brazil, Xue Hanqin of China, Joan Donoghue of the US, Giorgio Gaja of Italy, Julia Sebutinde of Uganda, Dalveer Bhandari of India, Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica, James Crawford of Australia, Kirill Gevorgian of Russia and Registrar Philippe Couvreur.

Judge Cançado Trindade appended a separate opinion to the Order of the Court while Judge Bhandari made a declaration to the Order of the Court, the press release said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Before the court in The Hague, India had argued that Jadhav was tried for espionage and given the death sentence in Pakistan, violating the Vienna Convention. Pakistan claimed that Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was working for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) when he was arrested from Balochistan in March 2016.

Upon India’s moving the international forum, Abraham wrote to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to not execute Jadhav until the court heard the matter. The public hearing was held on May 15 at The Hague, Netherlands.

India moved the ICJ on May 8, charging Pakistan with “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations” in the matter of the detention and trial of Kulbhushan Jadhav. This was the first time in 18 years that India and Pakistan arrived at ICJ doorsteps.

Responding to Pakistani claims of Jadhav being a RAW agent, India said that he was a former Indian Navy officer-turned-businessman. Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran during a business trip and was then taken to Balochistan, New Delhi claimed.

Pakistan has consistently refused consular access to Jadhav, sought by India, on the grounds that he was tried for espionage and Islamabad was under no compulsion to entertain the Indian request.

India was represented at the ICJ by senior advocate Harish Salve while the Pakistan case was argued for by Khawar Qureshi.

The trial has been an emotional issue for social media in India and Pakistan. Both sides had seen vitriolic debates and jingoism in popular media over the case.

Pakistan had hanged another Indian, Sarabjit Singh, on May 2, 2013.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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India suspends visa services in Canada as diplomatic crisis worsens

The incidents took place three days after the Canadian prime minister accused India of being involved in the assassination of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.




In the midst of a diplomatic dispute between the two nations over allegations linking Indian government officials to the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in June, India has banned visa services for Canadian citizens until further notice.

The notice issued by centre reads, with effect from September 21, 2023, Indian visa services have been suspended until further notice, according to a notice posted on the website of BLS International, an online visa application centre in India that also offers visa consultancy services.

The incidents took place three days after the Canadian prime minister accused India of being involved in the assassination of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

In his Monday speech to Parliament, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that Indian spies were responsible for Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s death by gunshot.

The Canadian citizen, who also served as the president of Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, was killed, according to Trudeau, and there are reasons for national security agencies in his country to suspect that agents of the Indian government were responsible.

According to Trudeau, Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential association between Government of India agents and the murder of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

India responded to Canada’s charges by calling them absurd and motivated.

The two nations then each removed a senior official; India expelled a top Canadian diplomat on Tuesday for interference in internal matters and their involvement in anti-India activities while Ottawa ordered a senior Research and Analysis Wing officer to leave the country.

To discuss relations between India and Canada, PM Modi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met on Wednesday in the new Parliament building.

The Canadian Prime Minister’s and Foreign Minister’s statements in their Parliament were both rejected, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

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Parliament Special Session: PM Modi says Women’s Reservation Bill marks golden moment in parliamentary journey, thanks all MPs for passage of bill  in Lok Sabha  

He also stated that this bill marked a golden moment in the parliamentary journey of India.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his gratitude to all the Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill.

He also stated that this bill marked a golden moment in the parliamentary journey of India.

PM Modi said the decision which was taken on September 20, was a golden moment in India’s parliamentary journey. He said that all the MPs of the House deserve that golden moment. After the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in Rajya Sabha today, the transformation in women’s power and the trust that is going to be formed will be unimaginable and unprecedented power that will take the country to new heights, PM Modi added.  

Today in the Rajya Sabha, BJP President JP Nadda hailed PM Modi for the Women’s Reservation Bill. He presented his statement in support of the 128th Constitutional Amendment Bill. The Women’s Reservation Bill, also named Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam was passed uninterrupted in the Lok Sabha on September 20, he said. He also hopes that the bill will pass in the Rajya Sabha too, said BJP President JP Nadda.  

The BJP MP Nadda said women always had an important role in the Indian culture. People have always seen them as Shakti, a Devi (goddess) who guided society. He said the Bhartiya Janta Party is not interested in taking political advantage, but the main objective is to empower women, the BJP President added.  

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Delhi: Rahul Gandhi meets railway porters at Anand Vihar railway station | Watch here

Recently a video had gone viral in which the porters of the railway station had expressed their desire to meet Rahul Gandhi.



Delhi: Rahul Gandhi meets railway porters at Anand Vihar Railway station | Watch here

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met railway porters at Anand Vihar railway station in Delhi. He interacted with the porters to know their concerns. His visit follows a month after the porters of the railway station expressed their desire to meet him. 

During the course of interaction, Rahul Gandhi was seen wearing the porter’s uniform and badges. He also carried a load of baggage on his head. Speaking to PTI, a person who was present at Anand Vihar railway station, expressed that they are extremely happy that Rahul Gandhi met auto drivers and coolies at Anand Vihar. 

The person added that senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi assured them that he will put forth the issues of porters and auto drivers in front of the central government. Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Congress shared that Rahul Gandhi met his porter colleagues at Anand Vihar railway station in Delhi today. 

The social media post by the political party added that recently a video had gone viral in which the porters of the railway station had expressed their desire to meet him. The post concluded stating that Bharat Jodo journey continues. 

Earlier in August, Rahul Gandhi visited the Azadpur Mandi in the national capital and met vegetable and fruit vendors there. In Azadpur Mandi, the Congress leader discussed vendors’ work, their problems, rising prices and learnt about their future aspirations. 

Rahul Gandhi had also visited Bengali Market, Jama Masjid area to have food and then visited Mukherjee Nagar area to interact with the UPSC aspirants. In addition, he had also visited Delhi University’s PG Men’s hostel to have lunch with the students. 

He further visited the farm lands during the paddy sowing season and interacted with farmers in Haryana’s Sonepat. The Congress leader also visited bike mechanic shops in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area.

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