Pakistan granted consular access to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, says FO


ISLAMABAD: July 16, Pakistan had granted an uninterrupted consular access to the Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday, Foreign Office said,

The Foreign Office, in a statement, said: “Two consular officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were provided unimpeded and uninterrupted consular access to Commander Jadhav.

The offer was first made in August last year and was rejected by India as it sought unimpeded access to him. Subsequently, on September 2, 2019, the first consular access under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) 1963 was provided. Jadhav’s mother and wife were allowed to meet him on December 25, 2017.

Jadhav, a serving commander of Indian Navy associated with Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing, was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan on allegations of espionage and terrorism.

According to the FO statement: “During investigation, Commander Jadhav confessed to his involvement in terrorist activities inside Pakistan that resulted in loss of many precious human lives. He also made important revelations about RAW’s role in sponsoring state terrorism in Pakistan.”

He was given a death sentence by a Pakistan military court on April 10, 2017. “Pakistan remains committed to fully implementing the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s judgment of 17 July 2019,” said the FO, also hoping that India will cooperate with Pakistan to see that the judgment is given “full effect”.

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