No second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Pakistan
Islamabad (Pakistan) | Jagran news Desk: Pakistan on Thursday said that Islamabad would not provide a second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
"There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav," said Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan.
Pakistan on September 2 had granted consular access to Jadhav in line with the "Vienna Convention and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict".
India's Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia had met Jadhav at a sub-jail. Their meeting had lasted for an hour.
After meeting Jadhav, the officials said that he was under extreme pressure to parrot Pakistan's false narrative.
The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement after the meeting and said it is clear that Jadhav under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims.
"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 Ministry of External Affairs had 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.
Jadhav, a former naval officer has been sentenced to death by a military court alleged for ‘espionage and terrorism’ following which India moved to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). India continues to say that Jadhav was abducted from Iran where he was running his business.
However, Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran.
The latest developments come amid the ongoing situation between the two countries over the Kashmir issue. Yesterday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that he will organise a rally in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to protest India's move to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories.
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