India seeks fear-free consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

A day after Pakistan offered to give consular access to retired naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sources today said that India has asked for “unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, in an environment free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal”.

The response from the Pakistan side is still awaited. “Pakistan has been asked yesterday to provide unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, in an environment free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal, in the light of the orders of the ICJ. Their response is now awaited,” sources said.

Pakistan has decided to grant consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, a fortnight after  the ICJ ruling, and has informed India about it. New Delhi confirmed on Thursday it has received the Pakistani proposal and said it will communicate with Islamabad through diplomatic channels.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammed Faisal said at a media briefing in Islamabad, “We have offered the Indian High Commission to avail consular access on this Friday. The reply from the Indian side is awaited.”

The move came after the ICJ rapped Islamabad for continually denying Jadhav, incarcerated in a military jail in an unknown location in Pakistan, consular access in accordance with the Vienna Convention.

 

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