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International Court of Justice to hear arguments from India & Pakistan in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

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Indian officials have appealed to the United Nations to order Islamabad to halt the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

THE HAGUE (Diya TV) — Lawyers and other officials from India and Pakistan are squaring off at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague over the impending execution of an alleged Indian spy by Islamabad.

Pakistan’s military sentenced Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer, to death last month on charges of espionage and sabotage. No date has yet been set for the execution, Islamabad have said his conviction and sentence remain open to appeal.

India argued during a Monday preliminary hearing at the top UN court that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying Jadhav access to legal assistance. New Delhi, which denies Jadhav is a spy, has asked the ICJ to declare the verdict illegal and order Pakistan to release him.

“It is clear that Mr Jadhav has been denied the right to be defended by a legal counsel of his choice. He has not been informed of his right to seek consular access,” Deepak Mittal, India’s representative at the hearing, said.

Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan’s representative, pegged India’s complaint as “political theater.” He accused India of “time-wasting and political grandstanding”, adding that the court should decline jurisdiction in the case.

Ronny Abraham, the court’s president, said the tribunal would publicly deliver its decision on whether to grant an emergency stay of execution “as soon as possible.”

According to Islamabad officials, Jadhav confessed to receiving orders from India’s intelligence service to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities in the Balochistan province “aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan.”

Mittal said the charges against Jadhav were “concocted” and his trial “farcical.” Pakistan has failed to respond to all Indian demands for information about the case, ignoring requests for documents, including the charge sheet, he added. But Faisal, the Pakistani representative, argued that consular access is not an absolute right under the Vienna treaty.

Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan in March last year, according to Pakistan, but New Delhi insists he was kidnapped from Iran, where he was running his business.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

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Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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