After the ICJ told Islamabad to review and reconsider the conviction and death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, India has demanded unimpeded consular access to the retired navy officer.
India has asked the Pakistan government to provide unimpeded consular access to Jadhav in an environment free from the “fear of intimidation”. Reports said the the Indian External Affairs Ministry was going through Islamabad’s offer of consular access to Jadhav. At a weekly news briefing, the Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said the reply from their Indian counterpart was being awaited.
However, reports said that whilst Pakistan had granted consular access, one of the conditions was the presence of a Pakistani official when Jadhav is allowed to meet Indian officials.
Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan on March 3, 2016 and was sentenced by a Pakistani military court for espiongae and conspiring terror plots in Balochistan against Pakistan. He was a serving commander in the Indian Navy and worked for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Last month the ICJ had directed Pakistan to take all measures to provide for effective review and reconsideration, including, if necessary, by enacting appropriate legislation. The international court “left the ways and choice” to Pakistan. The ICJ while saying that Pakistan had breached the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, it did not annul the Pakistani military court’s decision convicting Jadhav.