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Pakistan invites India for third consular access to arrested Jadhav

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

17th Jul, 2020. 03:36 pm
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Pakistan for the third time has invited India for the consular access to arrested Indian Spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

According to the details, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conveyed the decision to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and is awaiting its response to the offer.

Foreign Office. said that two consular officers of the Indian High Commission provided uninterrupted consular access to Commander Jadhav at 3 pm on Thursday.

In its statement, the foreign office said “Pakistan provided second consular access to Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav at the Indian request today. The first consular access under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) 1963 was earlier provided by Pakistan on 2 September 2019. The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav were also allowed to meet him on 25 December 2017”

After Yadav met Indian officials, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a statement that he had repeatedly called on diplomats but they did not listen to him and left.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that all necessary steps were taken as per the need for consular access and two Indian diplomats were given consular access.

He said that consular access was given as agreed but “India’s malice was exposed, they did not want consular access.”

Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that the diplomats did not have to talk to Kulbhushan so why did they ask for access.

“Indian diplomats objected to the glass in the middle. It was also removed. The diplomats objected to the audio and video recording. We did not do that. We fulfilled all the wishes of the Indian diplomats, but they left.”

In July last year, the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav and review his death sentence.

It may be recalled that the Indian Navy officer Jadhav arrested on charges of espionage in Balochistan in March 2016 and sentenced to death by a military court a year later.

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