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UN Court Orders Pakistan to halt execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav

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Television channels showing news of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in Jammu, India.

UNITED NATIONS (Diya TV) — The International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan on Thursday to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the latest development in a high-profile case that has further strained relations in an already tense region.

The court asked Pakistan to delay the execution of the Indian naval officer, who was previously convicted of espionage, until it had a chance to rule on a case brought by India, which claims that Pakistan prevented Jadhav from having access to consular officials after his arrest.

“Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr. Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the Court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order,” the court said in its order.

Jadhav was arrested in March of last year and charged with espionage and sabotage. Islamabad officials accused him of fomenting terrorist activities in the restive southwest province of Baluchistan and sentenced him to death last month. Pakistani authorities have since pointed to his arrest as evidence of India’s involvement in terrorist activities in the country.

However, New Delhi has maintained the stance that Jadhav was a retired naval officer who was conducting business in Iran when Pakistani officials kidnapped him there and took him to Pakistan. India has claimed that Jadhav was not permitted to meet with consular officials during a rapid trial and sentencing, and that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention.

Indian officials celebrated the court’s order on Thursday.

“The stand of the Indian government has been vindicated,” Mukul Rohatgi, India’s attorney general, told reporters. “The Indian government stand is really based on truth and justice and respect for human rights.”

The office of Pakistan’s attorney general released a statement on Thursday that played down the court’s decision.

“These measures have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision of the court,” the statement read. “We are confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Commander Jadhav.”

 

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India becomes 5th largest economy, overtakes UK, France

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — India is now the world’s fifth largest economy, overtaking the UK and France in 2019, according to a report by American non-partisan think tank World Population Review. The report says India’s economic liberalization starting in the early 1990s was key to this growth. Though the report also indicates India’s real GDP growth is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

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150,000 people expected for ‘Namaste Trump’ in Gujarat

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — President Trump & the first lady will get a massive welcome on his visit to Gujarat next week, where 150,000 people are expected to attend ‘Namaste Trump.’ It’s expected to be an even grander event than ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, where 50,000 people greeted Prime Minister Modi. A delegation of business leaders from the U.S. are also headed to India for a series of events in New Delhi.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu held court with business leaders involved with the U.S.-India Business Council and gave a preview of what to expect when President Trump meets with Prime Minister Modi later this month in India.

The annual Harvard India Conference takes place this weekend and Diya TV is a proud media partner for this event that will host a slew of well known Indian tycoons, political figures and folks working on social change.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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