Pakistan confirms providing consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav today

09:19 PM | 1 Sep, 2019
Pakistan confirms providing consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav today
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will allow consular access to Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav today (Monday) in line with the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal confirmed the development on Sunday, amid soaring tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Pakistan had earlier offered consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav last month after the international tribunal dismissed India's appeal to extradite the spy; India had not availed the offer then.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar had confirmed at that time that they had received a proposal from Pakistan and were evaluating the proposal in the light of [the] ICJ judgment.

ICJ had, on July 17, rejected India’s request for acquittal, release and return of Commander Jadhav. However, the court asked Pakistan to provide consular access to him under the Vienna Convention.

After the verdict, Pakistan had announced that as a responsible state it would grant consular access to Jadhav according to the country’s laws.

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In its verdict, the UN’s judicial organ did not accept India’s argument that Jadhav was entitled to ‘restitutio in integrum’ (restoration to original position), rejecting New Delhi’s request to annul the decision of a military court.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, in a counter-intelligence operation in Pakistan’s land-wise biggest province, Balochistan.

A Pakistani military court awarded him death sentence in 2017. However, ICJ stayed his execution.