Waiting for report on Jadhav interaction with diplomats, says India

Two Indian officers were provided unimpeded and uninterrupted access to Commander Jadhav, says Islamabad.

India on Thursday said it is assessing the circumstances in which death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav interacted with two Indian diplomats in Pakistan. India had demanded that Mr. Jadhav, who has been in Pakistan’s custody since 2016, should be allowed to interact with Indian diplomats without interference from Pakistani security and diplomatic officials.

“India has been requesting for the unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional consular access to Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav. On the basis of assurances provided, our officials have proceeded for the meeting today [Thursday]. We will assess the situation after our officials return and provide a report,” said official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava during the weekly media briefing. 

Pakistan has claimed the second consular access to Mr. Jadhav went as planned. The first consular access was provided on September 2, 2019 during which India had complained about Pakistani interference. “Two consular officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were provided unimpeded and uninterrupted consular access to Commander Jadhav at 3 pm,” said a press release issued from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

Pakistan claims that Mr. Jadhav was involved in fomenting violence in the country. India maintains that Mr. Jadhav is a former navy official who had retired from service. India had taken the case to the International Court of Justice, after a military tribunal of Pakistan gave him death sentence, which had ordered Pakistan to grant consular access to Mr. Jadhav. 

Pakistan said on Thursday that it remains committed to implementing the July 17, 2019 judgment of the ICJ. 

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