No Consular Access to Jadhav For India, He’s Not a Civilian: Pak
Pakistan on Sunday again rejected India's demand for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav handed down the death penalty by a military court. Pakistan said it would be a "travesty of logic" to link his case with Indian civilian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails.
India had sought consular access on Saturday to Jadhav. The 46- year-old Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death in April by Pakistan's Field General Court Martial for “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities”.
It claimed Jadhav was a serving Indian Navy officer "and was sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property."
Pakistan has dismissed India's consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times, while India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so.
India moved the International Court of Justice against Jadhav's death penalty and the ICJ on 18 May restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence.
Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on 3 March last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he was dealing with his business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.
The denial for consular access came a day after India and Pakistan exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other's jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals are lodged in its jails.
The lists were exchanged as per the provisions of the bilateral agreement on consular access signed on 21 May 2008.
As per the pact, such lists have to be exchanged twice a year, on 1 January and 1 July.
The Foreign Office also said that Pakistan is committed to implement the 2008 agreement and ensure that humanitarian cases are not held hostage to politics.
It said five Indian nationals, who had completed their sentences, were repatriated on 22 June.
In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending. Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditions imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients.The Foreign Office, Pakistan
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