India Evaluating Pakistan’s Proposal On Consular Access To Kulbhushan Jadhav
India is evaluating Pakistan's proposal of facilitating consular access to Indian death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav, in light of the recent verdict by The Hague-based International Court of Justice, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India is examining the proposal in light of the ICJ judgement relating to Jadhav's case.
"We have received a proposal from Pakistan. We are at this point of time evaluating the proposal in the light of the judgement of the International Court of Justice. We will maintain communication with Pakistan in this matter through diplomatic channels," he said during a weekly media briefing.
Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was in April 2017 sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism". Following this, India moved the United Nations court against the order.
The Hague-based ICJ last month ordered Pakistan to grant consular access to Jadhav without further delay and undertake an "effective review and reconsideration" of the conviction and sentence awarded to him.
Asked whether Pakistan has put some conditions for granting consular access to Jadhav, Kumar refused to give a direct answer. "I do not think this is the appropriate forum for me to get into the kind of modalities which are being discussed between India and Pakistan," he said.
There were reports that Pakistan has put a condition that a Pakistani official will have to be present when Jadhav is given consular access. Sources said Pakistan sent the proposal to India through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad three days ago.
In Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that his government is awaiting India's response to the proposal.
Following the ICJ order, India had asked Pakistan to grant full consular access to Jadhav at the earliest in "full compliance and conformity" of the U.N. court's verdict. In its 42-page order, the court, while rejecting Pakistan's objection to admissibility of the Indian application in the case, held that "a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review" of the sentence of Jadhav.
The bench, however, rejected some remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court's decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India. The ICJ upheld India's stand that Pakistan is in egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, on several counts in the case.