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Consular access to Jadhav denied, Pak says India trying to get info

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Wednesday refused India’s request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying provision of such access under the Vienna Convention was not applicable to spies.

Submitting the countermemorial at the ICJ, Pakistan according to media reports said, “The Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name. Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered.”

India has repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav which has been denied by Pakistan. Last week, Pakistan agreed to allow Jadhav’s wife and mother to meet him in jail on December 25. An official from the Indian high commission will accompany them and Pakistan has given a sovereign guarantee that they would not be questioned, interrogated or harassed.

Reports from Pakistan quoted officials who said that since Jadhav was on active duty, it was obvious that “he was a spy sent on special mission”.

“Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states,” Pakistan reportedly stated, adding that “a state which does not come with clean hands cannot get any relief”.

The reply, submitted by Pakistan foreign office’s director (India) Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav case did not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention. Citing sources, Geo News reported that the reply also encompassed the chargesheet against Jadhav.

Source : timesofindia



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