New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs Spokersperson, Raveesh Kumar, said that some communication is going between India and Pakistan over granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav as per the order of International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Raveesh Kumar said, “We are in touch with the Pakistan side through diplomatic channels. I have mentioned earlier as well that we have requested for immediate, effective and unhindered consular access in light of the ICJ judgment. There is some communication going on between Indian and Pakistan on this issue.”
He was speaking to a group of reporters at the weekly press briefing today.
India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gaurav Ahulwalia, had met Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad on 2 September after Pakistan was forced to give consular access to Jadhav.
The ICJ had earlier voted in favour of India’s stand on granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for espionage. The ICJ ruled that Pakistan made an egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
The ICJ ordered Pakistan to carry out an effective review and reconsideration of Jadhav’s conviction.
Kulbhushan Jadhav is in Pakistani custody since 3 March, 2016, after he was kidnapped from Iran’s Chabahar port. However, Pakistan claims he is a spy and was arrested from Balochistan.