Pakistan to grant Consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav

The ministry said that Jadhav had been informed of his rights under the Vienna Convention on consular relations.

A day after the International Court of Justice at The Hague urged Pakistan to grant consular access to death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, Islamabad on Friday declared that Mr. Jadhav will be granted the right to get in touch with the diplomats and officials from India.

“Pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav has been informed of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph 1 (b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out,” stated a press release from the Office of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Hours before this decision by Islamabad, Hours before this decision by Islamabad, India emphatically said that Pakistan needs to obey the verdict of ICJ. Pakistan can immediately grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav acting upon the multiple pending requests on the matter from India, said a diplomatic source. The comment came a day after the International Court of Justice at The Hague pointed out in its verdict that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention by not granting consular access to the former Indian navy official who was given a death sentence by a Pakistani military court in 2017.

 Pakistan can immediately grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav acting upon the multiple pending requests on the matter from India, said a diplomatic source. The comment came a day after the International Court of Justice at The Hague pointed out in its verdict that Pakistan violated Vienna convention by not granting consular access to the former Indian navy official who was given a death sentence by a Pakistani military court in 2017.

What now for India and Pakistan?

“Pakistan already has several formal requests from us regarding consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. We hope they act on these requests now without delay,” said a diplomatic source indicating that there is no need for a fresh request from India for getting access to Mr. Jadhav.

 

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