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Refusal by the ICJ to allow Kulbhushan’s return is unnerving: Surjewala

“We welcome and celebrate the decision of the ICJ in holding Pakistan to be in stark violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and staying the illegally ordered execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav! Satyamev Jayate!,”

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Randeep Singh Surjewala

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday welcomed the International Court of Justice verdict to put on hold the death sentence to retired navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court in an alleged case of espionage and said refusal by the world court to allow his return to India is unnerving.

“We welcome and celebrate the decision of the ICJ in holding Pakistan to be in stark violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and staying the illegally ordered execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav! Satyamev Jayate!,” Surjewala, who is also the national media in-charge of the party said in a series of tweets.

In another tweet, the Congress leader raised questions over the safety and well being of Jadhav and said, “Every Indian’s concern for safety and well being of Kulbhushan Jadhav remains unaddressed as ICJ has authorised rogue Pakistan to review and reconsider Jadhav’s case; and in a ‘manner’ and ‘forum’ of their choosing (Para 146)… leaving Jadhav vulnerable to another miscarriage of justice.”

He also attached the para 146 of the ICJ referring to the court order which stated that the obligation to provide effective review and reconsideration be carried out in different ways and the choice of means is left to Pakistan.

The Congress leader’s remarks came soon after the ICJ put on hold the death sentence given by a Pakistan military court to retired Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in an alleged espionage case.

The ICJ also accused Pakistan of denying India consular access to Jadhav, saying it has not only violated the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, but has also ignored a 2008 bilateral agreement on consular access.

However, the ICJ in its verdict has decided not to acquit or release Jadhav.

In November 2008, India and Pakistan inked a bilateral agreement on consular access to the prisoners belonging to in both countries.

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Delhi Police registers four FIRs in connection with farmers’ tractor parade

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered four FIRs in connection with the protesting farmers‘ tractor parade in the national capital, officials said here.

“Three FIRs were registered in east district and one in Shahdara district on Tuesday,” a police official said.

Earlier in the day, the tractor parade meant to highlight the demands of the farmer unions dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the city as tens of thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.

A protester died after his tractor overturned near ITO, one of the major flashpoints of the trouble.

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

“The farmers began tractor rally before scheduled time. They also resorted to violence and vandalism,” Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said.

“We followed all conditions as promised and did our due diligence but the protest led to extensive damage to public property,” he said.

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‘Jai Hind’, Modi wishes nation on Republic Day

Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the 90-minute-long Republic Day parade ceremony.

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the citizens of India as the country marked its 72nd Republic Day.

In a tweet both in English and Hindi, the Prime Minister said: “Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day… Jai Hind.”

On this day in 1950, the Constitution of India came into force.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the National War Memorial near the India Gate later in the day, from where he will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath.

Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the 90-minute-long Republic Day parade ceremony.

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Tractor rally: farmers breach Delhi’s Red Fort in huge protest

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Thousands of farmers protesting at agriculture reforms have fought through police barricades and tear gas to enter Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex.

They were on foot and in tractors – part of a huge rally that was planned to coincide with India’s Republic Day.

Many protesters diverted from agreed routes and clashes broke out with police. One protester has died.

Mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of Delhi as security forces scramble to restore order.

The government says the reforms that spurred the protests will liberalise the agriculture sector, but farmers say they will lose income.

Tens of thousands of them have been striking on the outskirts of Delhi since November, demanding the laws be repealed. They rejected a government offer to put the laws on hold last week.

This is one of the longest farmers-led protests India has ever seen, pitting the community against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) government.

How did the protests turn violent?

Police agreed to allow Tuesday’s rally after several rounds of talks on the condition that it would not interrupt the annual Republic Day parade, which takes place in central Delhi. They gave farmers specific routes for their rally, which would largely be confined to the outskirts.

But farmers instead converged on the iconic 16th Century fortress. They breached security and clambered onto the walls and domes of the fort, even hoisting flags alongside the national flag.

By Tuesday afternoon, police said they had removed protesting farmers from the Red Fort complex, but the situation remains tense.

“We came here to deliver a message to the Modi government, our job is done. We will go back now,” one protesting farmer told NDTV.

While farmers at several entry points appear to have followed the agreed routes, a section of protesters broke through police barricades earlier in the day.

They marched towards central Delhi, where India’s parliament is located.

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