Kulbhushan not ordinary prisoner: Pakistan denies consular access for 18th time

The Foreign Office further asked India to act upon the bilateral agreement on consular access instead of leveling accusations on Pakistan.

Published: 02nd July 2017 03:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd July 2017 03:51 PM   |  A+A-

A video grab of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s statement released by Pakistan. India has said that Jadhav was tortured and video was recorded under immense pressure | Express

By ANI

LAHORE: Pakistan Foreign Office on Sunday rejected India’s demand for consular access to Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav for the 18th time, saying New Delhi is trying to deny the facts by calling Jadhav an ordinary prisoner.
 
A statement by the Pakistan FO affirmed that Jadhav was sent to Pakistan by Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and many innocent Pakistanis were killed by him.
 
The Foreign Office further asked India to act upon the bilateral agreement on consular access instead of leveling accusations on Pakistan, Dunya News reported.
 
India on Saturday asked Pakistan to grant consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and sabotage activities.

India had moved the International court of Justice against the death penalty and the ICJ in its verdict on May 18 had restrained Pakistan for executing Jadhav.
 
Meanwhile, India argued that Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family's appeals.
 
The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13.

Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he "exhausts all his mercy appeals."
Both countries also exchanged lists of nationals lodged in the jails of the other country, in consistent with the provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access between both the neighbouring countries.
 
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in this statement stated that, "India remains committed to addressing on priority all humanitarian matters with Pakistan, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen. In this context, we await from Pakistan confirmation of nationality of those in India's custody who are otherwise eligible for release and repatriation."

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