India won’t get second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan

Pakistan, on Thursday, announced that India will not get consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav for a second time. The retired Naval officer has been sentenced to death by the military court on the basis of an extracted confession of “espionage and terrorism.” The trial was closed in April 2017.

“There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav,” said spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Faisal. Pakistan offered consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on August 2 but India insisted that the access should be “effective and unhindered”.

India’s Deputy Commissioner to Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia met Jadhav on September 2 in the presence of Pakistani officials for a recorded meeting. India moved to International Court of Justice (ICJ) after Jadhav was sentenced to death in April 2017. India rejected Pakistan’s allegations about Jadhav’s involvement in espionage activities.

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In July 2019, the ICJ asked Pakistan to comply with Vienna Conventions and provide India with consular access to Jadhav and to ensure “effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences”. India has maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar, where he was running a business.

-PTC News