No monitored consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: India
By Asiaville Desk • 02/08/2019 at 10:13AM
India gave the answer given by Pakistan to the proposal. Now waiting for Pakistan's reply
India has told Pakistan that Kulbhushan Jadhav should get unimpeded consular access, and it should not be happen in an atmosphere of fear during the meeting with the jailed Indian citizen.
According to official sources, this was the Indian response to Pakistan's offer of consular access made a couple of days ago.
Foreign ministry sources said New Delhi is waiting to hear from Pakistan.
India has said that Kulbhushan Jadhav should get consular access on the basis of the order of the International Court of Justice.
The International Court of Justice, based in The Hague, had asked Pakistan to give consular access without delay. At the same time, the military court of Pakistan was asked to reconsider the death sentence given to him. Earlier, Pakistan denied Jadhav consular access.
The 49-year-old Jadhav, retired from the Indian Navy, was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan in April 2017. He has been charged with spying and spreading terrorism.
India had appealed in the international court in May 2017 against Pakistani military court verdict.
Abdelkawi Ahmed Yusuf, chairman of the bench of 16 judges of the International Court, had ruled with the majority on July 17, 15-1. The International Court rejected the objections of Pakistan in accepting India's appeal in its 42-page verdict.
Kulbhashan Jadhav (photo-PTI)
The court also dismissed some of India's demands, including cancellation of the military court's decision and the release of Kulbhushan Jadhav and repatriation to India.
Pakistan allowed Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and his wife to meet him last year. This meeting took place at the Pakistan Foreign Office's office.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]
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