Indian spy Kulbhushan’s friends appeal to Imran Khan after ICJ verdict

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Convicted Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav’s friends have appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to order his release in the wake of the ICJ verdict.

The International Court of Justice stayed Jadhav’s execution and asked Pakistan to review his death sentence.

The court, however, rejected Indian plea to order Jadhav’s acquittal and repatriation to India.

“Pakistan’s prime minister (Imran Khan) had said he would create a naya (new) Pakistan. A new Pakistan will not be built by merely giving interviews, he will have to do something (to build a new Pakistan). He will have to take an initiative (to release Mr Jadhav),” Kulbushan Jadhav’s friend Sachin Kale told NDTV in Mumbai.

“We have hopes from Imran Khan. If he releases Kulbhushan, it will strengthen our friendship with the country,” another of Mr Jadhav’s friends said.

Mr Jadhav’s family lives in Mumbai.

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence “should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence,” the world court said, agreeing with India that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by denying India consular access to the former officer convicted by a Pakistani military court.

After winning Pakistan’s general election last year, Imran Khan in his inaugural address had promised to bring about a “naya” Pakistan.