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After International Court of Justice verdict, Pakistan grants consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

File photo of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 19, 2019, 07.12 AM (IST)

A day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict Pakistan has been forced to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

In a press release late last night Islamabad said modalities are being worked out to grant consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav. "Pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Commander Kulbushan Jadhav has been informed of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph 1(b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out," said Pakistan`s Foreign Office in an official statement.

ICJ on Wednesday asked Pakistan to grant Jadhav consular access holding Islamabad guilty of violating the Vienna Convention.

The court also asked Pakistan to review its order of death sentence awarded to Jadhav facing charges of espionage and conspiracy against Pakistan in what was seen as a major win for India.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said his country will proceed as per the law in the Jadhav case."Pakistan shall proceed further as per law," he said while alleging that Jadhav is "guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan".

Pakistan's move comes 24 hours after the ICJ stayed Jadhav's execution.

In a 15 to 1 decision, the world court directed Pakistan to allow Jadhav consular access.

The only judge to dissent was from Pakistan.

Government sources in New Delhi said Jadhav is innocent and that "he was kidnapped from Iran, where he was residing and carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy.

There is absolutely no clarification by Pakistan about the circumstances of his arrest".

(With inputs from ANI)

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ICJ on Wednesday asked Pakistan to grant Jadhav consular access holding Islamabad guilty of violating the Vienna Convention.