Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: In line with India's demand of 'unimpeded' access, Pakistan offers third consular access
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Third consular access has been granted to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism".
News agency ANI quoting Pakistani media said that a formal diplomatic note has been sent for the consular access meeting India's demand to not have security personnel during the meeting of Indian officials and Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The decision by Pakistan Foreign Ministry came after India on Thursday said that its officials were not given “unimpeded” consular access to Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav, adding that Jadhav was “visibly under stress”.
“The consular officers were not given unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional access to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan. On the contrary, Pakistani officials with an intimidating demeanour were present in close proximity of Jadhav and Consular Officers despite the protests of the Indian side,” said the Ministry of External Affairs.
"It was also evident from a camera that was visible that the conversation with Jadhav was being recorded. He was visibly under stress and indicated that clearly to the Consular Officers. The arrangements did not permit a free conversation between them," it added
Earlier today, Pakistan provided consular access to Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav, days after Islamabad claimed that he has refused to file an appeal in a court here against his conviction by a military court.
According to reports, there was an agreement on filing a review petition against Jadhav’s death sentence after India got consular access to Jadhav for two hours.
Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" in April 2017. Weeks later, India approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.
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