India Accepts Pakistan Offer For Consular Access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, Hopes it’ll be Free, Fair Meeting :- New Delhi has accepted Pakistan’s offer for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. The consular access comes nearly 41 months after Kulbhushan Jadhav turned up in the custody of the Pakistani army which claimed that he had been caught for spying. Over the next three years, Pakistan refused to act on a string of requests from the Indian government for consular access to Jadhav. The International Court of Justice, or ICJ, finally ordered Pakistan in July to give Indian diplomat access to Kulbhushan Jadhav under the Vienna Convention.
India Accepts Pakistan Offer For Consular Access to Kulbhushan Jadhav
On Sunday, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, will get access on Monday “in line with the ICJ judgement and state laws”. He tweeted, “Consular access for Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving Indian naval officer, and RAW operative, is being provided on Monday 2 September 2019, in line with Vienna Convention on Consular relations, ICJ judgement & the laws of Pakistan.”
On Pakistan’s offer for consular access scheduled for later in the day, the Indian government sources said that Mr. Gaurav Ahluwalia, the Charge d’ Affaires at the Indian high commission, will be meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav.
A source close to the development said, “We hope that 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.”
Earlier, the ICJ in its July 17 ruling had put a continued stay on the death sentence handed over to Jadhav by the Pakistan military court for alleged espionage and ordered Islamabad to grant him consular access and to compensate him for this wrong, called for a review of the death sentence given to him by a military court at an appropriate forum of Islamabad’s choice.
According to Pakistan, Jadhav was arrested by its security agencies in Balochistan in March 2016. He was charged with spying and subversive activities. In April 2017, Islamabad announced Jadhav had been found guilty and sent to the gallows. India rejects the allegations against Jadhav and insists he was kidnapped by Pakistani operatives from the Iranian port of Chabahar, where he was running a business.