Pakistan's civilian and military leaderships have held crucial discussions on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) order staying the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Within hours of the ICJ order, chief of army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his residence on Wednesday, 10 May.

This is the second time the two are meeting in a week, which is seen as having additional significance given the touchy relationship between the two power centres.

It is believed that the ICJ order topped the agenda of the Sharif-Bajwa meeting. They are also said to have discussed other domestic and regional issues at the 90-minute meeting. Official statements are expected to be issued shortly.

The ICJ intervened in the case relating to the death sentence given by a Pakistan military court after New Delhi filed an extraordinary petition with The Hague court.

It is the first time in 45 years that India has moved the ICJ as New Delhi is keen on not internationalising its bilateral issues with Pakistan.

Upholding the Indian petition which accused Islamabad of "egregious violations", ICJ President Ronny Abraham sent a letter to the Pakistani government asking it to immediately stop the process of executing Jadhav's death penalty.

A secret military court, the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Rawalpindi, sentenced Jadhav, a 46-year-old former Indian naval officer, to death on 10 April. He was arrested in March 2016 for alleged espionage activities in the restive Balochistan region. India denied the spying charges but acknowledged he was a former naval officer.