India asks Pakistan to implement ICJ verdict after Islamabad denies consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav


New Delhi, September 12: Pakistan has denied India second consular access to former Navy commander Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a military court in Islamabad. while New Delhi said it will engage Imran Khan government diplomatically so that the ICJ verdict can be implemented.

“There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said without divulging details.

Indian Ministry of external affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said,” We will keep trying that judgement of ICJ is fully implemented. We would like to remain in touch with the Pakistani side through diplomatic channels .”

Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in 2017 and was accused of espionage and terrorism. Pakistan said he was arrested from the restive Balochistan province, where he was working as a spy for the external intel agency. India has maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped from Iranian port of Chabahar, where he was running a business.

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

India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia met Jadhav in the presence of Pakistani officials. India has been insisting that the meeting should be in a fair and in conducive environment but it was a recorded meeting and the Pakistan officials were also present.

A formal report on the two-hour meeting is yet to come out, bur Ahluwalia said it was “clear that Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims”.

On July 17, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay. One of the conditions put by Pakistan reportedly was the presence of a Pakistani official when Jadhav is allowed to meet Indian officials as part of the consular access.

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