India hopes for ‘right atmosphere’ during Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting: MEA

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New Delhi, Sep 2: India will be proceeding for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former naval officer sentenced to death in Pakistan over allegations of spying and terrorism.

 The International Court of Justice had in July ordered Islamabad to give India consular access to Jadhav and also review his death sentence.

“India’s Charge d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia, will be meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav. We hope that Pakistan will ensure right atmosphere so that the meeting is free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ICJ’s orders,”government sources said. 

A tweet from Pakistan’s foreign office on Sunday said India will be given consular access to him on Monday “in line with Vienna Convention on Consular relations, ICJ judgement & the laws of Pakistan”.

Earlier, Pakistan had offered consular access on August 1, but with conditions – that one Pakistani official would be present alongside.

On August 2, India had asked Pakistan to provide “unimpeded consular access” to Jadhav, in an environment “free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal”, after Islamabad said it has sent a proposal to New Delhi allowing consular access to the Indian national.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017.India said Jadhav was abducted from Iran, where he was running a business.

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