Pakistan on Sunday said it would provide consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday. A former naval officer, Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a court alleged for ‘espionage and terrorism’.
Indian CDA in Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia on Monday will meet Kulbushan after Pakistan on Sunday decided to grant consular access to him following July ICJ verdict.
India has been seeking consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav for the last 3 years. The matter of denial of consular access was taken to ICJ by India.
However, the court gave a unanimous decision. Today, after the verdict of the ICJ, India will be proceeding for consular access to Jadhav.
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Notably, Indian Charge d’ Affaires, Gaurav Ahluwalia, will be meeting Jadhav on Monday. “We hope that the Pakistan will ensure right atmosphere so that the meeting is free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ICJ orders,” sources emphasised.
India, according to informed sources, made it clear that anything short of “unimpeded” and “unrestricted” consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav will not be accepted by India.
A tweet from Pakistan’s foreign office said India will be given consular access to him on Monday “in line with Vienna Convention on Consular relations, ICJ judgement & the laws of Pakistan”.
This is the first time that 49-year-old Kulbhushan Jadhav — sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 — will be given consular access.
Moreover, India maintains Jadhav is a retired Naval officer, who was abducted from Iran, where he was running a business.
Furthermore, in July, the International Court ordered Pakistan to review and reconsider the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.
In brief, the court agreed with India’s stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by denying consular access to Jadhav after his conviction in a “farcical” closed trial.