As Thursday's verdict of the court in the Dutch city of The Hague shows, Islamabad was clearly outmaneuvered by New Delhi which filed its case under a different provision, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations that requires countries to give access to their nationals arrested abroad by law enforcement bodies. This ensured that Pakistani attempt to squeeze India's options at the world court did not succeed.
In the words of Judge Ronny Abraham, the ICJ president, "it becomes irrelevant (for the court) to consider the objections to other possible basis of jurisdiction. Therefore, any reservation (or exceptions made) in the declaration by the parties cannot impede the court's jurisdiction".
The court accepted Indian request to order Pakistan to hold off the execution of Indian national, who New Delhi insists, was kidnapped from Iran where he was on a business trip and arrested in Pakistan on 3 March 2016.
Tackling Pakistan's other objections to its application to keep Mr Jadhav away from the death row was relatively easier.
In the unanimous verdict that read out on behalf of the 11-judge bench, Judge Abraham noted that the court could not, on the face of it, find any "express provisions" in the Vienna convention that excluded persons suspected of espionage and terrorism.
Since Pakistan did not commit not to execute Mr Jadhav till the international court completes its hearing, the UN court also found merit that there was a risk that Islamabad could carry out the sentence "at any moment" after August.
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