Pakistan denies second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Islamabad | Pakistan on Thursday has denied second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former naval officer currently on death row after being convicted of alleged involvement in espionage and subversive activities.

“There is no other meeting”, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal spoke at their national news channel, about Pakistan giving consular access to Jadhav again.

Pakistan had on September 2 granted India consular access to Jadhav, 49, for the first time since his arrest in 2016.

Indian High Commission sent Gaurav Ahluwalia to visit Jadhav in Rawalpindi.

India after the meeting had claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was under “intense pressure to parrot Pakistan’s narrative”.

“While we await a comprehensive report, it was clear that Shri Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims. We will decide a further course of action after receiving a detailed report from (Ahluwalia) and determining the extent of conformity to the ICJ directives,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said on September 2.

In July, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Pakistan had violated Jadhav’s rights under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and sought a review of his death sentence.

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