Hague, Dec 13: Pakistan submitted its reply to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Wednesday. Pakistan also rejected India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death, saying that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its “spy”. Pakistan’s reply comes after India had submitted its written response to registrar Philippe Couvreur of the ICJ in the same case in September this year.
Rejecting India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan said the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies, an Express Tribune report said. In its defence, Pakistan also said that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name,” the report added.
According to Geo News, dismissing India’s stance on former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan in its reply has alleged that Jadhav is not an ordinary person and had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. Citing sources, Geo News reported that that the reply also encompasses the charge-sheet against Jadhav and narrates Pakistan’s stance in a comprehensive manner.
Earlier this month, Pakistan agreed to facilitate the visit Jadhav’s mother and his wife and also assured their safety, security and freedom of movement in the nation, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
Pakistan claims Jadhav is a serving Commander of the Indian Navy and was working for India’s premier intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Islamabad says he was apprehended by law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan. India has said Jadhav is a former navy officer and denied he was working for RAW.
Jadhav was sentenced to death earlier this year by a Pakistani military court. However, the International Court of Justice ordered a stay in his execution. New Delhi has repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav, but Islamabad has denied permission on the ground that such access in cases related to spies was not applicable.
(With ANI inputs)