At ICJ, Pakistan rejects India's plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

15 December, 2017, 00:04 | Author: Diane Mills
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The Foreign Office Spokesperson said Pakistan had submitted a comprehensive counter memorial document before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the Kulbhushan Jadhav case covering all legal aspects.

Speaking about the visit of Jadhav's mother and his wife to Pakistan to meet him, Kumar said, "We are now working on finalising the visit and we are also working on the modalities in consultations with the family members themselves". The reply also encompasses the charge-sheet against the convicted RAW operative and narrates Pakistan's stance comprehensively, sources said.

While Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested by security forces from Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran, the Indian side maintains he was kidnapped from Iran where he developed business after retiring from the Navy.

Reports from Pakistan quoted officials who said that since Jadhav was on active duty, it was obvious that "he was a spy sent on special mission".

India had approached The Hague court in May this year, requesting it to stay Jadhav's execution.

Pakistan Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali had said he thinks the case would be taken up for hearing around April-May, media reports have said.

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Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa ratified the sentencing by the army tribunal.

Islamabad has said that the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav substantiates India's continued involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan.

In its written pleadings, India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav and argued that the convention did not say anything that such access would not be available to an individual arrested on the allegation of espionage.

The spokesperson, responding to a query regarding China halting payments on three projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said payments were made through a mechanism and details are with the relevant ministries.

Investigations after Jadhav's arrest previous year had revealed that the undercover Indian agent's main agenda was to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through propaganda and to create disharmony among the Baloch nationalist political parties.

Adequate security measures would be taken for complete safety of Jadhav's family and an Indian High Commission official would be allowed to accompany them, the sources added.



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