India reiterates Jadhav convicted on concocted charges in Pakistan

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India's plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its "spy".

Responding to a question, External Affairs Minister spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India's request for consular access to Mr. On May 18, the ICJ through an interim order had stayed Jadhav's execution after which the Foreign Office communicated to the ICJ that the government of Pakistan had instructed its all relevant departments to give effect to the order of the world court.

Talking to a private media outlet, Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali had said, "I think the case will be taken up for hearing around April, May after the recently elected judges of the ICJ has taken their oath on February 6".

Pakistan's reply was submitted by the Foreign Office's Director India, Fariha Bugti.

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The ICJ had set December 13 as the deadline for Pakistan to submit its counter-pleadings in the case.

India continues to maintain that Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Naval officer, was abducted from Iran in March, 2016 by Pak forces who have made it look like he was arrested from Balochistan's Mashkel area near the border region of Chaman.

The dossier also included proof of contacts of Indian intelligence officials, working under diplomatic cover at Indian High Commission in Islamabad, with terrorists.

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

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Jadhav was sentenced to death earlier this year by a Pakistani military court.

The dossier contained Jadhav's confessional statement and related documents and evidence of Indian interference in Balochistan.

The Indian authorities had also been communicated in this regard, he added.

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Even though Islamabad has allowed Jadhav's mother and wife to meet him in jail alongwith an Indian diplomat, Pakistani response claimed that Jadhav was not entitled to consular access.

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