Indian diplomat meets spy Jadhav for two hours – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Despite the tension with New Delhi over the Kashmir problem, Pakistan provided consular access on Monday to serve the Indian naval commander and intelligence operation Kulbhushan Jadhav in organizing his meeting with the official in charge of the High Commission of India Gaurav Ahluwalia in line with the Vienna Convention and the July 17 verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

"Consular access was provided at 1200 hours and lasted two hours in the presence of Pakistani government officials," says an official statement issued by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman's Office after the meeting in an undisclosed location. Location.

"In India's request, there was no restriction in the language of communication," the statement added.

However, in order to ensure transparency and in line with standard operating procedures, and as transmitted in advance to the Indian side, "access was registered," the spokesman said.

FO says there was no impediment in the language of communication during consular access

"As a responsible member of the international community and in line with our international commitments, Pakistan has provided unrestricted and uninterrupted consular access to India to Commander Jadhav," the statement concludes.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal, through his official Twitter account, announced on Sunday that Pakistan would grant consular access to Jadhav, the acting officer of the Indian Navy and a Research and Analysis agent (RAW), in line with the Vienna Convention and the ICJ. verdict.

The Indian spy had been arrested in a counterintelligence operation in Balochistan accused of espionage and terrorism. He was later granted the death sentence.

However, New Delhi claimed that Pakistan was pressuring Jadhav to "repeat a false narrative" to help his case.

In a statement issued hours after the meeting, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, Raveesh Kumar, said: "While we waited for a comprehensive report, it was clear that Shri Jadhav seemed to be under extreme pressure to repeat a false narrative. ". to reinforce the unsustainable claims of Pakistan.

"We will decide on a new course of action after receiving a detailed report of our affairs in charge and determining the degree of conformity with the directives of the ICJ."

The official statement from India indicates that Jadhav adhered to his previous confessional statement during his meeting with Ahluwalia on Monday afternoon, although there was no official news from the Pakistan FO on the content of the conversation.

According to Mr. Kumar, consular access was part of Pakistan's "binding obligations", as ordered by the ICJ to ensure an effective review and reconsideration of the sentence and sentence granted to Jadhav through a "ridiculous" process. .

Kumar said the Indian foreign minister also informed Jadhav's mother about the latest developments.

"The (Indian) government remains committed to continue working to ensure that Sri Jadhav receives justice as soon as possible and returns safely to India," he concluded.

Ahluwalia, who had been appointed as Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad, has been in charge of the Indian HC after Pakistan's decision last month to degrade its diplomatic ties with India in response to the New Delhi movement to annex occupied Kashmir.

The decision was made by the National Security Committee (NSC) on August 8, three days after India announced the revocation of Article 370 of its constitution that granted occupied Kashmir an autonomous state and legislated to divide the valley into Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Shortly after the NSC meeting, a FO statement said that New Delhi had been asked to withdraw High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria from Islamabad. Pakistan's appointed High Commissioner Moinul Haq, who was expected to travel to India on August 16 for taking office, was also prevented from proceeding to New Delhi.

A military court had granted the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav on April 10, 2017, after his confession that he had set up operations for RAW to carry out terrorist activities on Pakistani soil. Later, in June 2017, the Indian spy filed a petition for mercy against the death penalty, in which he again confessed his participation in terrorist activities.

However, before the Pakistani authorities could make a final decision, the ICJ, after being contacted by India, ordered to suspend its execution by a provisional order.

In its final verdict, the ICJ asked Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention and rejected India's request for his acquittal, release and return.

Following the verdict, the FO had announced that, as a responsible state, Pakistan would grant consular access to Jadhav in accordance with the laws of the country, for which modalities were being developed. He said that Jadhav had been informed of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph 1 (b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

In its verdict that followed the proceedings that lasted approximately two years, the UN High Court did not accept India's claim that Jadhav was entitled to & # 39; restitutio in integrum & # 39; (restoration to the original position) and rejected his request to annul the decision of the Pakistani military court. Instead, he ruled that Pakistan, by its own choice, could undergo an effective review and reconsideration of the sentence given to Jadhav.

The ICJ said that despite having found Pakistan in violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), "it is not Mr. Jadhav's conviction and sentence that should be considered a violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention ".

The ICJ said that the most it could do was order Pakistan to cease the violation of Article 36 and review the case in the light of how that violation could have affected the outcome of the case. "The court notes that Pakistan recognizes that the appropriate remedy in the present case would be the effective review and reconsideration of the sentence and sentence," he said.

Posted on Dawn, September 3, 2019



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