India will seek consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

India will seek consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

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NEW DELHI: India will continue to seek consular access to Kulbhushan
Jadhav, notwithstanding his meeting with his wife and mother on Monday,
official sources here said. Early in the morning, India had rejected Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Asif ‘s assertion that by allowing India’s deputy high commissioner J P
Singh to accompany the two women, Pakistan had allowed consular
access to the alleged Indian spy in Pakistan’s custody. In fact, Asif ‘s own ministry contradicted him later saying no consular
access had been granted to India.
Not impressed by what they described as Pakistan’s antics, official
sources here said India’s position had been clear all along that Jadhav was delivered a death sentence without being accorded
basic legal rights under international law and that Pakistan’s position in the case was farcical. India had described the death
sentence to Jadhav as premeditated murder.
Indian officials pointed out that even the International Court of Justice (ICJ), while staying Jadhav’s death sentence, had said
that India should have been granted consular access to Jadhav in line with the Vienna Convention.
Pakistan though continues to use Jadhav’s passport, which bears the name Hussein Mubarak Patel, to buttress its claim that
Jadhav was an Indian spy involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan. Pakistani foreign office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said after the meeting on Monday that the “Indian silence is telling”.

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