Pakistan Offers Consular Access To India For Kulbhushan Jadhav; Will Evaluate The Proposal, Says Indian MEA

Pakistan offered consular access to India for Kulbhushan Jadhav, on Thursday, August 1, 2019. It was informed by the foreign office spokesman of Pakistan, Mohammad Faisal during a media briefing.

"Pakistan is awaiting Indian response after it formally informed the Indian High Commission here," he said. 

Kulbhushan, 49, is currently facing a death sentence on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India, on the other hand, is trying hard to have him back. Previously it had also moved to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking a stay on his execution.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs of India has responded to the offer by Pakistan, saying that the evaluation will be done regarding this proposal.

Spokesperson of the MEA, Raveesh Kumar said that India will be evaluating this proposal of consular access, on the basis of the judgment by ICJ.

Further, he also told that whatever response is to be sent will be done through diplomatic channels.

Coming back to the proposal by Pakistan, then it has come two weeks after the ICJ ordered the nation, on July 17, to once again undertake an “effective review and consideration” of the conviction and sentence of Kulbhushan, a retired Indian Navy officer. The court had also asked Pakistan to allow consular access to India without any further delay.

The ICJ, in its 42-page ruling, had also found that Pakistan had, in fact, breached the 'Vienna Convention' on diplomatic relations. The said convention allows the nations a right to consular access in cases involving the arrest of their nationals abroad.

Pakistan, however, had previously alleged that Jadhav was arrested by the forces from restive Balochistan province after he entered from Iran.

India’s stance, on the other hand, is that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he had other business interests after his retirement from the Navy.

Source: NDTV

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