Srinagar: A day after Indian officials met Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad Pakistan after being granted second consular access, Pakistan offered India third consular access to meet Jadhav on Friday.
Quoting Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, a report by news agency ANI said: “Pakistan offers third consular access to India for Kulbhushan Jadhav, a note verbale has been sent meeting India’s demand to not have security personnel during the meeting.”
Pakistan had given first consular access to India in September 2019 after an order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
On Thursday, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said: “Pakistan provided second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at Indian request today. Two consular officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were provided unimpeded and uninterrupted consular access to Jadhav at 3 pm.”
However, a week before, Indian Ministry of External Affairs had said that Pakistan’s claim that Indian national Yadav has refused review of his case and wants to appeal for mercy, is proof of its “reticence” to implement the order of the International Court of Justice in “letter and spirit”.
Jadhav, 50, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage in April 2017, following which India moved the International Court of Justice in May.
The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.
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