Bhuwan Bhusal

Kathmandu,July 19 (Nepal Niti)- An international court is due to rule in a contentious case brought by India to try and save a retired Navy officer on death row in Pakistan for spying. India denies that Kulbhushan Jadhav is a spy. India argued in the International Court of Justice that Pakistan has violated international law by forbidding consular access to him. The verdict is likely to fuel tensions between the nuclear powers.

India and Pakistan went to the brink of war in February over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The neighbors have a long history of diplomatic spats and Delhi and Islamabad often accused each other of sending spies into their territories.

The case of Kulbhushan Jadhav has been a thorny issue since he was arrested on March 2016. Pakistan said it detained him in the restive province of Balochistan, home to a separatist insurgency that Islamabad accuses India of backing. India said he was kidnapped in Iran, which borders the province, where he was doing his business. Shortly after his arrest, Islamabad released a video in which he was shown admitting involvement in spying. India has always questioned the alleged confession, saying that it was extracted under duress.

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