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    India-Pak Netizens Clash After Indian Leaders Hail ICJ Ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues have taken to Twitter to congratulate the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after the World Court asked Pakistan to defer the death sentence given to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, accused of espionage.

    Delivering its judgment on Wednesday (17th of July) in The Hague, the ICJ asked Islamabad to give New Delhi consular access to Jadhav who has been held by Pakistan since March 2016. "Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations", the ICJ had observed in its ruling.

    Taking to social media, Modi and other ministers of his cabinet, including Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hailed the ICJ’s judgment.

    Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi also welcomed the ICJ verdict, calling it a “moment of joy & renewed hope”.

    Meanwhile, a Twitter furore erupted after Pakistani actress Veena Malik tweeted that there should be no mercy for Jadhav and he should be “hanged at the India-Pakistan border”.

     Veena almost immediately had to face severe backlash from Indian twitterati who slammed the actress for her comments. 

    However Pakistani netizens backed her tweet.

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