India has rejected Pakistan’s offer of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav in sync with the International Court of Justice’s ruling in his case, India media reported. India sent a communication to Pakistan on Thursday, virtually turning down Islamabad’s conditional offer of providing consular access to Jadhav on Friday afternoon.
“Pakistan was asked yesterday (Thursday) to provide unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, in an environment free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal,” Officials said.
Pakistan has formally offered consular access to Indian spy Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav on Friday (August 2), Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said. “Things are taking place as per the judgement of International Court of Justice. We have offered him consular access in a formal manner which will take place on Friday. Now, we await India’s response”, Dr Mohammad Faisal said.
Earlier, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has rejected Indian plea for spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s acquittal. The International Court of Justice announced its verdict today in The Hague on Indian petition against the death sentence awarded by a military court on espionage charges. However, ICJ had asked Pakistan to review the death sentence for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ also granted consular access to India.
The court found that nothing in Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) precludes its applicability to persons accused of espionage. The provision basically states that when a national of a foreign country is arrested, they must be informed of the right to have their country’s consulate notified and should also have the right to regular consultation with their consulate’s officials during their detention and trial.
On 3 March 2016, Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, having illegally and clandestinely entered Pakistan from Iranian territory. India has said that Commander Jadhav was “kidnapped” from Iran – but has provided no substantive evidence underpinning such an allegation. Commander Jadhav was carrying an Indian passport in the name of ‘Hussein Mubarak Patel’.
Jadhav was tried in a military court which sentenced him to death for espionage and subversive activities. In 2016, Jadhav also confessed his crime to his family during a meeting with his mother Avanti Jadhav and wife Chetna in Islamabad.
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