Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan has said, it will grant consular access to Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav as per the Pakistani laws, for which the modalities are being worked out. 

The Pakistan Foreign Ministry, in a statement last night, said, pursuant to the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Jadhav has been informed of his rights as per the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. 

Meanwhile, India has called upon Pakistan to release and repatriate its national Kulbhushan Jadhav following the ICJ judgment. 

Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar asserted that Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him and his forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality.

In April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism following which India had moved the ICJ, seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies. 

The Hindu

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