New Delhi: Pakistan has offered consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for September 2, Monday, in line with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment and the laws of Pakistan, its foreign ministry said in an official communique.
No response has been given by the Indian government on this matter, as of yet.
India had earlier asked Pakistan to provide “unimpeded consular access” to Kulbhushan Jadhav, in an environment “free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal”, after Islamabad said it has sent a proposal to New Delhi allowing consular access to the Indian national.
Kulbhushan Jadhav has been in a Pakistan prison since March 2016. India has since maintained that Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was abducted from Iran where he was running a business. Whereas, Pakistan tired and sentenced him to death on charges of espionage. It was after his death sentence was pronounced by a Pakistan court that India moved the Internation Court of Justice and filed an appeal against the judgment.
In July, the ICJ in The Hague ordered Pakistan to review and reconsider the sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav and provide consular access to India without much ado.
Earlier this month, Pakistan had offered consular access to India but New Delhi had refused it citing Islamabad’s terms as unacceptable. Reportedly, one of the conditions laid by Islamabad was that a Pakistani official will be present with Jadhav while he meets an Indian officer.