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Pakistan deprives Kulbhushan Jadhav of 2nd consular access

Pakistan Foreign Ministry Sokesman Mohammad Faisal said that Jadhav would get consular access under the Vienna Convention. He said this access would be granted under the ICJ decision and Pakistan's law

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday refused to allow Indian diplomats to meet Kulbhushan Jadhav for a second time. Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Faizal said that Jadhav would not be given consular access for the second time. To this, the Indian side said that Pakistan must implement the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the matter fully. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ravish Kumar said India is in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels.

Earlier, on 2 September, Pakistan gave consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav after the ICJ order. However, after this meeting, the Indian Foreign Ministry said that during this one-hour meeting, it was clear that Kulbhushan was under immense pressure. He was under pressure to prove Pakistan’s false claim to be true. Kulbhushan has been in a Pakistani jail for more than three years.

Charge d’Affaires at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia had met Jadhav after Pakistan granted consular access to the retired  officer following a directive from the ICJ. “While we await a comprehensive report, it was clear that Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson  had said after the meeting. “We will decide a further course of action after receiving a detailed report from our Charge d’ Affaires and determining the extent of conformity to the ICJ directives,” he had said.

India’s retired navy officer Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism. India then moved the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague (Netherlands). In July this year, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav without delay.

Eleven days after the ICJ  order, Pakistan decided to grant Jadhav counsel access. Pakistan Foreign Ministry Sokesman Mohammad Faisal said that Jadhav would get consular access under the Vienna Convention. He said this access would be granted under the ICJ decision and Pakistan’s law.

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