New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India on Thursday reacted to Pakistan’s statement that there ‘would be no second consular access’ to Kulbhushan Jadhav and said that they will ask Islamabad to implement ICJ order.

Addressing the media, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India will ask Pakistan to implement ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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“We will keep trying that judgement of ICJ is fully implemented. We would like to remain in touch with the Pakistani side through diplomatic channels,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said that Islamabad would not provide a second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

“There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav,” he said.

Jadhav was given consular access on September 2. India's Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia then met Jadhav at a sub-jail.

After the meeting, Indian officials had said that Jadhav was under extreme pressure to parrot Pakistan's false narrative. 

"The Charge d’ Affaires, High Commission of India in Islamabad, met Kulbhushan Jadhav today. While we await a comprehensive report, it was clear that he appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims," the MEA said in a statement.

"We will decide a further course of action after receiving a detailed report from our Charge d’ Affaires and determining the extent of conformity to the ICJ directives. External Affairs Minister has spoken to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and briefed her of today’s developments," the MEA added.

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Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage and terrorism' after a closed trial in April 2017. 

India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

But Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran.

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