Kulbhushan has not been given consular access, clarifies Pakistan ahead of meeting with family

12:45 PM | 25 Dec, 2017
Kulbhushan has not been given consular access, clarifies Pakistan ahead of meeting with family
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Foreign Office repudiated the claims on Monday that arrested Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav would be given consular access.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the presence of the Indian diplomat during the scheduled meeting between Jadhav and his family does not equate to giving consular access to the RAW spy.

The clarification came in the aftermath of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's statement that he made a day earlier that India had been given consular access to the convicted spy, describing it as a "concession."

"We didn't want any weakness in our case in the ICJ over the meeting, so we were advised to permit the meeting," described the foreign minister.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh will be present during the meeting between Jadhav and his family, which will last for 30 minutes on Monday (today).

Jadhav, who was captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage.

His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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According to the confessional statement, he is a Commander rank serving officer in Indian navy. An Indian passport bearing his assumed name Hussein Mubarak Patel – a fictitious activity to conceal his original identity, had been recovered from his possession.

In his statements released to media, Jadhav disclosed his clandestine mission of espionage leading to sabotage activity in restive province of Balochistan, Karachi and elsewhere in Pakistan.

Jadhav had been tried by a Field General Court Martial, which handed down capital punishment to him.

The Indian government hurriedly took the issue to International Court of Justice (ICJ). The latter passed an order staying the execution of Jadhav.