India Gets Second Consular Access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

India Gets Second Consular Access to Kulbhushan Jadhav
Pakistan granted consular access to Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday, days after Islamabad said he had 
declined to file an appeal against his conviction by military court here.

It was Jadhav’s second Consular access. Pakistan initially granted consular access to India on September 2 , 2019, said the Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement.

Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017. Weeks later, India approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.

In July last year, ICJ ruled that Pakistan must undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.

“Two consular officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were provided unimpeded and uninterrupted consular access to Commander Jadhav at 1500 hours,” the FO said in the statement.

It also recalled that the mother and wife of Jadhav were allowed to meet him on December 25, 2017.

“Pakistan remains committed to fully implementing the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s judgment of 17 July 2019. It is hoped that India will cooperate with the Pakistan court in giving full effect to the said judgment,” the statement said.

Pakistan’s Additional Attorney General Ahmed Irfan said that last week on June 17, 2020, Jadhav was offered to file an appeal in the Islamabad High Court for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction which was turned down by Jadhav, he said.


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