Pakistan rejects Indian demand of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan rejects Indian demand of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan's military court has awarded death sentence to Jadhav on charges of espionage.

During his meeting the Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Bambawale also demanded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The source quoted Janjua as informing the Indian high commissioner that the consular access was only meant for the prisoners and not for the spies who were involved in acts of sabotage and terrorism.

Pakistan has claimed that Mr Jadhav, 46, was arrested from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, where he was working as a spy for intel agency Research and Analysis Wing or RAW.

Pakistan has been accusing India of being behind terror attacks, even sending "dossiers" to United Nations and other countries.

Jadhav's parents wish to travel to Pakistan to meet him and also to personally file the petition and the appeal.

Mr. Jadhav's case was also discussed by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in a meeting held on Tuesday, the MEA said.


"Pakistan was... requested to facilitate visas for the mother and father of Shri".

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit told PTI in an interview that as per the bilateral pact on consular access, cases pertaining to political and security issues, will be decided on merit, indicating that consular access can not be taken for granted. "I requested for the early release of Jadhav", Bambawale told the media here.

This was the second time the Indian envoy met Janjua since April 14 to discuss the case of Jadhav, who was arrested more than a year ago.

India has, however, so far categorically denied such charges. A military court sentenced him to death on April 10.

India has said if Pakistan goes ahead with the execution of Jadhav, it would be tantamount to premeditated murder.

This is one of the firsts from Indian Cyber Attackers which was usually carried out by members from Pakistan, Iran, China and North Korea who has given immunity to these hackers. Pakistan Foreign Office has said that during the period of trial of Jadhav, due judicial process was followed and he was provided a lawyer in accordance with relevant laws and the Constitution of Pakistan.

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