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Pakistan proposes consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav with riders

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi Aug 01, 2019, 05.23 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

Days after India got the major diplomatic victory at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan offered India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav but with a rider. An Indian diplomat has been invited to meet Jadhav at 3 pm Pakistan time on Friday but in the presence of a Pakistani official.

According to the Vienna Convention, article 36, "Consular officer shall be free to communicate with nationals of the sending State and to have access to them" and the fact a Pakistani officer will be present means Pakistan is contravening the convention. 

Pakistan spokesperson Mohammad Faisal during his weekly presser on Thursday said, "We have offered the Indian High Commission to avail consular access on this Friday. The reply from the Indian side is awaited."

Watch: India evaluating Pakistan's proposal on consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

The Indian side has confirmed receiving the proposal but is evaluating it.

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We have received the proposal from Pakistan.  Evaluating the proposal in light of ICJ verdict."

Adding, "We will maintain communication with Pakistan in this matter with Diplomatic channels."

On July 17, the world court in its verdict announced that Pakistan "is under an obligation to inform Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav without further delay of his rights and to provide Indian consular officers access to him as per Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations".

The 42-page verdict was ruled 15 votes to one. The only Judge who ruled against is Ad Hoc Judge Jillani. Judge Tassdduq Hussain Jillani is the Former Chief justice of Pakistan.

India was first informed of Jadhav, who was abducted from Iran about his custody by Pakistani authorities on March 25, 2016, after which in 2017, Islamabad announced that military has awarded death sentence to him.

New Delhi then went to the world court on May 8, 2017, and filed a case against Pakistan for “for egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963” and got a stay on his hanging.