Politicians and analysts hold Pakistan's half hearted fight on the legal side, weak diplomacy, and poor worldwide lobbying on the government side "responsible for failure in winning a strong case against Indian spy Kalbushan Jadhav before the global court of Justice (ICJ)".
The ruling triggered criticism of the Pakistan Foreign Office for handling the case poorly, and also for its choice of UK-based Khawar Qureshi, who represented Pakistan's case before the ICJ.
"It is appropriate for the court to order that Pakistan take all measures at its disposal to ensure Mr Jadhav is not executed before this (11-member) court has given its final decision", presiding Judge Ronny Abraham said.
The Pakistan's Foreign Office said on Thursday that the ICJ has no jurisdiction over the county's national security matters, which in this instance was the execution of Jadhav. "It also unanimously decides that the court must be told of the measures Pakistan takes to implement this order", ICJ President Ronny Abraham said in the operative portion of the order which he read out in the open court for almost 30 minutes.More news: FA Cup final blow for Arsenal as defender loses appeal
Hours after the ICJ in The Hague pronounced its provisional order in the case, the external affairs ministry said the government will do everything possible to save the life of Jadhav.
Pakistan attended the hearing at the ICJ "because of its conviction that the only way to resolve all outstanding issues is through peaceful means", it said.
Mehmood attacked the government for selecting a lawyer at the ICJ "who had not a single worldwide law case reported from the UK Supreme Court". The statement added he had the right to appeal to an army appellate court within 40 days. The verdict a matter of great relief for people of the country, he said.More news: Protesters oppose martial law in Philippines
Having ordered Pakistan not to execute Jadhav, the ICJ will now seek comprehensive submissions from both New Delhi and Islamabad on their respective cases.
'The ICJ has finally given justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
In an obvious reference to Jadhav's trial in a Pakistani military court, Jaitley said any form of judicial proceeding which is conducted in secrecy and in darkness and is not open for any public gaze, lacks the very appearance of justice.More news: Cavs Beat Celtics As LeBron James Tops NBA's All-Time Playoff Scoring List