India will not be granted second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan

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Pakistan on Thursday said that India will not get second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former naval officer who was awarded death sentence by a Pakistani Military Court on the basis of extracted confession of ‘espionage and terrorism’ following  a closed trial in April 2017.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mohammad Faisal, released the statement. He said, “There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.”

India, on September 2, was granted first ever consular access to the Indian death-row convict, Kulbhushan Jadhav in line with the “Vienna Convention and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict” after much negotiation between India and Pakistan over terms and conditions for consular access.

Gaurav Ahluwalia, India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad where he met Jadhav in a sub-jail for more than an hour. The meeting was done in presence of Pakistani officials and was also recorded.

After the meeting, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that Jadhav “appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims”.

Raveesh Kumar,  MEA spokesperson, said in a 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.”

Kulbhushan Jadhav was allegedly “arrested” from Balochistan by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016. Pakistan has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested after he entered the country from Iran. India has, however, rejected Pakistan’s claims and has always maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped when he was in Iran on a business trip.

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