Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav
New Delhi: Pakistan in the early hours of Friday decided to grant consular access to former Indian Navy officer Kulbushan Jadhav hours after Indian Foreign Minister S Jaiashankar sought same following the verdict of International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The Pakistan Foreign Ministry said, pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Jadhav has been informed of his rights as per the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
“Pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Commander Kulbushan Jadhav has been informed of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph 1(b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out,” Pakistan Foreign Ministry announced in a statement.
India on Thursday called upon Pakistan to release and repatriate its national Kulbhushan Jadhav following the ICJ judgment.
On Wednesday, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.
In April 2017, 49-year-old Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism following which India had moved the ICJ, seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.