Indian officer Gaurav Ahluwalia meets Kulbhushan Jadhav after Pak grants consular access

Pakistan on Sunday announced it will grant consular access to the retired Indian Navy officer, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on the basis of extracted confession of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017.

Written by September 2, 2019 13:01

New Delhi: Pakistan on Sunday granted India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gaurav Ahluwalia, reached the Pakistan foreign affairs ministry earlier today and met Jadhav, PTI reported quoting Pakistan media.

The Pakistani security agencies had arrested Jadhav in Balochistan on March 3, 2016 and charged him with involvement in spying and subversive activities.

In April 2017, Pakistan announced that Jadhav had been given the death sentence by a military court.

“India has been seeking consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav for the last three years. The matter of denial of consular access was taken to ICJ by India. The court gave a unanimous decision in favour of India. Today, after victory in the ICJ, India will be proceeding for consular access to Jadhav,” they said.

“India’s Charge d’Affaires, Gaurav Ahluwalia, will be meeting Jadhav. We hope that Pakistan will ensure the right atmosphere so that the meeting is free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ICJ orders,” government sources said.

Pakistan on Sunday announced it will grant consular access to the retired Indian Navy officer, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on the basis of extracted confession of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017.

Kulbhushan Jadhav

The access will be provided in line with the verdict of the ICJ delivered on July 17.

“Consular access for…Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav is being provided on Monday 2 September 2019, in line with Vienna Convention on Consular relations, ICJ (International Court of Justice) judgment & the laws of Pakistan,” Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted.