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Will grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav tomorrow: Pakistan Foreign Office

Will grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav tomorrow: Pakistan Foreign Office

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Sep 2019, 03:05 pm

Islamabad, Sept 1 (IBNS): The Pakistan government on Sunday said it has agreed to give consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by the neighbouring nation on charges of espionage, in accordance with the Vienna Convention.

Pakistan said Jadhav will be given the consular access on Monday.

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted: "Consular access for Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving Indian naval officer and RAW operative, is being provided on Monday 2 September 2019, in line with Vienna Convention on Consular relations, ICJ judgement & the laws of Pakistan."

"Commander Jadhav remains in Pakistan’s custody, for espionage, terrorism and sabotage," he said.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague this year stayed the execution of Jadhav by Pakistan.

A Pakistani military court in April 2017 sentenced Jadhav to death on charges of espionage and terrorism.

The International Court of Justice had earlier asked Pakistan to put off the execution till it reaches its final verdict in the case.

Even as Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017,  following the Indian government's move to the international court, the 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18, 2017 had given a stay order and 'restrained' Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

In its written pleadings, India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav, arguing that the convention did not say that such access would not be available to an individual arrested on espionage charges.

India had said the so called trial of Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan was "farcical".

Later in December, 2017, Kulbhushan Jadhav was allowed to meet his wife and mother but the MEA in Delhi had said it appeared Jadhav was “under considerable stress” and “speaking in an atmosphere of coercion”.

“The manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath was clearly an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities,” the ministry had said in a statement.

“The Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner that violated the letter and spirit of our understandings," it had said.