Pak won’t grant India second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Thursday that India would not be given second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Naval officer who has been sentenced to death by a military court on the basis of extracted confession of “espionage and terrorism”.

“There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav,” said Dr Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In July, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Pakistan had violated Jadhav’s rights under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and sought a review of his death sentence.

“While we await a comprehensive report, it was clear that Shri Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims. We will decide a further course of action after receiving a detailed report from (Ahluwalia) and determining the extent of conformity to the ICJ directives,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said on September 2.

Pakistan had first offered the consular access to Jadhav on August 2 ever since his arrest in 2016, but India had insisted that the consular access should be “effective and unhindered.”

India claims that Jadhav was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar, where he was running a business.


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