India accepts Pakistan's offer to grant second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

India accepts Pakistan’s offer to grant second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav


Islamabad: Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was involved in several terrorist activities in Pakistan, will be granted second consular access today, diplomatic sources privy to the matter told.

Indian Charge d’affaires has reached the Foreign Office as New Delhi has accepted Pakistan’s offer to give second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent.

In addition, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s storage place has been declared a deputy prison.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had stated that Pakistan had been rejected by the Indian Army Commander and invited Pakistan to file a review and review application.

The spokesman explained in detail that the mercy petition in Commander Jadav’s case is an independent procedure and has nothing to do with the review and reconsideration.

“The review and reconsideration petition can be filed by (a) commander Jadhav himself, (b) legally authorized representative, or (c) a consular officer of the Indian High Commission.

“While commander Jadhav’s mercy petition is still pending, India is invited to file review and reconsideration petition to give effect to the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The foregoing has been conveyed to India through diplomatic channels as well.” 

On July 17, 2019, the International Court of Justice dismissed the remedies sought by India, including repealing the military court’s conviction of Kulbhushan Jadhav, releasing him and safely passing the Indian ruling.

Judge Abdulqavi Ahmed Yousaf, the judge who announced the verdict, told Pakistan to review the death sentence of a suspected Indian spy, saying that Islamabad violated his right to a consular visit .

In the verdict, the court rejected many of India’s requests, including the repeal of the military court verdict that convicted Jadaf, his release and safe access to India.

The International Court of Justice found that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate and contact Kurbushan Jadav, visit him and arrange his legal representation, thereby violating the obligations imposed by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The tribunal in The Hague ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”.

The judge remarked that Pakistan and India are signatories of the Vienna Convention.

“A continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav,” it ruled.

When the court ruled that Jadav was guilty of terrorist activities in Pakistan, he ordered that Indian spies should not be transferred to India. It ruled that Kurbshan will continue to be detained by Pakistan.

The Pakistani team led by the Minister of Justice attended the court. The team also included the then Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohamed Faisal.

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