Earlier Islamabad offered access to Kulbhushan Jadhav in the month of August 2019, however, in the presence of Pak officials. Indian Government rejected this action.
New Delhi| Pakistan on Monday granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Indian envoy Gaurav Ahluwalia met Jadhav in a first-ever official meeting since the retired Navy officer was held captive. However, the location of the meeting was not disclosed.
Indian Government had sent a clear message to Pakistan officials that consular access should be completely private and unrestricted to Jadhav. India’s foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar had articulated that India will only accept unimpeded and unrestricted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Indian deputy envoy was permitted two-hour time to meet Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Earlier, Islamabad offered access to Jadhav in the month of August 2019, however, in the presence of Pak officials. Pak officials had also implemented video and audio recording last time when Jadhav’s mother and wife were allowed to meet him. Indian Government rejected this action citing that it is in contradictions of the regulations set by the International Court of Justice on many conditions.
The international court of justice had intervened in Kulbhushan Jadhav case. After six weeks Hague based ICJ has directed Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav on humanitarian grounds under Article 35 of the Vienna conventions. The ICJ in its hearing said that Pakistan should undertake an effective review and consider Kulbhushan Jadhav’s convictions. According to Pakistan officials, Jadhav, 49, was arrested on 13 March 2016 from Balochistan province. However, India asserts that Jadhav was abducted by Pakistan Army from Iran- Pakistan Border. Since 2016 he remained in Pak custody.
According to Indian Government officials, Jadhav was a retired Indian Navy officer and he visited Iran for a business trip in private capacity. He was abducted in Iran and his arrest was made public by Pakistan Military weeks after he was captured. Pakistan also aired his purported confessional statement on TV channels.