“The Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) and its minister, Sushma Swaraj, are in touch with us and keep us apprised of the developments.The verdict has come as a major relief and we are hopeful that Jadhav will get a fair trial. The provisional order is a step in the right direction,” a family member of Kulbhushan Jadhav said.
“Since his arrest in March last year, the family has not been able to speak to Jadhav. We are praying there is a favourable response,” added the source.
“The decision by the ICJ has only reaffirmed our faith in our government and we hope Pakistan will abide by the order, Sachin Vaze, a former Mumbai Police officer and a family friend said.” When asked about the 40-day appeal period that will lapse on Friday, Vaze said the family was hopeful Pakistan will not defy the ICJ order. “Pakistan is bound by the Vienna convention and we don’t think they will defy its order,” he added.
Subroto Mukherjee, fondly called Debu by friends, including Jadhav, said, “Back then, we did not know what to do to help our friend. I came to know about the petition launched by the Indian-American community in the US. It needed 1 lakh signatures to get a response from the Donald Trump administration.
Hence I would go around buildings in the vicinity where Jadhav spent his early years, asking people to sign it. That is all we could do then, to have some hope of him returning.”
He added, “Later when we heard the arguments of Harish Salve in the ICJ, I was quite optimistic.”
Arvind Singh, one of Jadhav’s friends, said, “This is a big victory for India. We are grateful to the entire nation for having prayed for Jadhav. We are now hopeful of him coming back soon.”