As the International Court of Justice (ICJ) turned down New Delhi’s plea to acquit and release Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, politicians, journalists and others were quick to herald the verdict as a win for Pakistan at India’s expense.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that “this is a victory for Pakistan” and that Jadhav would stay in the country and be treated in accordance with its laws.
Commander Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan. This is a victory for Pakistan. #KulbhushanVerdict
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) July 17, 2019
Senior journalist Talat Hussain said the ICJ had turned down the demands to release and annul the Indian spy’s sentence.
“This practically admits he [Jadhav] is a spy and asks Pakistan to review the sentence through its own means and consular access,” he added.
Delhi defeated. ICJ knocks out India’s major demands about #KulbhushanJadhav about his release and annulment of sentence, practically admits he is a spy, asks Pakistan for review sentence through its own means with consular access.
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) July 17, 2019
Analyst Mosharraf Zaidi termed the verdict a win for Islamabad.
“New Delhi has wasted political capital and gained nothing of substance in this process. India’s leaders should be embarrassed by the outcome,” he tweeted.
3) Winning this moral victory has come at a cost. India has wasted political capital & gained nothing of substance in this process. India’s leaders should be embarrassed by the outcome. #KulbhushanJadhav
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) July 17, 2019
Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the ICJ verdict showed that the Indian case had been rejected.
“Apparently they [ICJ] have also upheld the jurisdiction of the military court which sentenced him,” he wrote.
The federal minister congratulated the Pakistani legal team “for putting up great fight”.
Apparently news reports from Hague suggests that not only Indian case for acquittal,release,return stands rejected but apparently Int Court also upheld Jurisdiction of Mily Court in #Kalbhushan case,Indeed a great outcome, Congs to Pak legal team for putting up great fight
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) July 17, 2019
The people of India and its media outlets, meanwhile, tried to spin the verdict in their favour by propping up the international court’s appeal to provide Jadhav with consular access.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying,”We welcome today’s verdict today. Truth and justice have prevailed.”
The Indian premier claimed that New Delhi would always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.
We welcome today’s verdict in the @CIJ_ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice.
Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 17, 2019