New Delhi April 2 : India has sought consular access to five civilian prisoners, including former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and immediate release of 10 Indian civilian prisoners lodged in jails whose nationality has been confirmed by Islamabad.
Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court after being arrested on charges of spying and subversive activities in 2016. The hearing in his case last happened in February at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) headquarters in The Hague, amid high tensions between India and Pakistan, after the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF men were killed.
India has asked Pakistan High Commission to make necessary arrangements for immediate release and repatriation of 10 Indian civilian prisoners lodged in Pakistan jails.
“Pakistan High Commission is requested to make immediate necessary arrangements for immediate release and repatriation of 10 Indian civilian prisoners lodged in Pakistan jails who’ve already completed their sentence and whose nationality has been confirmed and conveyed to Pakistani,” the MEA said.
The MEA, in a statement, said that the Ministry conveys its deep concern over the long pending release and repatriation of Indian civilian prisoners & fishermen with their boats held under Pakistan custody despite completion of sentence and nationality confirmation.
Further, there are 5 Indian prisoners and 385 Indian fishermen lodged in Pakistan jails who have been confirmed to be Indian nationals. It is requested that necessary arrangements may be made for their early release and repatriation