Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan defiant on consular access; India to appeal order

India has strongly objected to the sentencing, saying consular officials were denied access to Jadhav during his trial.
Kulbhushan Jadhav

New Delhi, April 14: Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale on Friday met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and raised two demands- copies of charge sheet and judgment by Pakistan military court against Kulbhushan Jadhav, said Ministry of External Affairs.

In the meeting, India conveyed to Pakistan  that it will appeal the order and studying Pakistan army act said MEA.

India has demanded consular access to Jadhav for 14th time today but Pakistan has been in a denial state. Pakistan Foregin Secretary today said since this is the case of espionage then consular access can’t be granted but the HC said under international law it must be granted.

Apart from diplomatic options, India is also exploring all options, including legal remedies permitted to Jadhav’s family appealing against the verdict, under Pakistan legal system.

India has no information on retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location in Pakistan or his condition,” the external affairs ministry said on Thursday.

Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for espionage and waging war against Pakistan. India has warned that if Pakistan executes Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, it would amount to “premeditated murder”.

India has strongly objected to the sentencing, saying consular officials were denied access to Jadhav during his trial.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier this week issued a stern warning to Pakistan, saying that Islamabad should be wary of taking such an extreme step as it could result in damaging the bilateral relations between the already hostile neighbours and vowed to go “out of the way” to save Jadhav amid an outrage in India.

Meanwhile the Lahore High Court Bar Association on Friday warned all the lawyers in Pakistan against extending their services to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

“The LHBA has unanimously decided to cancel the membership of any lawyer who offers his services to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav,” said Lahore High Court Bar Association secretary-general Amer Saeed Raan on Friday.

Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistan PM on Foreign Affairs, said, “Why would an innocent person possess two passports. One with Hindu and other a Muslim name.”

Wefornews Bureau

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