At ICJ Pakistan rejects India's request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

14 December, 2017, 16:13 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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In its counter-memorial submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan said the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies, the Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan's media quoting official sources said the reply has been prepared by the attorney general, Pakistan's legal team in the case and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.New Delhi had submitted its arguments on 13th September.

In April this year, he was sentenced to death by a military court. Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

India has long had a history of fanning terrorism inside Pakistan by sponsoring terrorist outfits in Balochistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and Karachi. The Indian High Commissioner too will be allowed to meet Jadhav. Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in March 2016.

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Prior to him, a good number of Indian spies have been spotted and hand-cuffed in Pakistan during the course of country's enmity with its neighbouring nation.

Pakistan stuck to its version that Jadhav was on active duty as a spy and sent by India on a "special mission".

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A detailed list of Indian agents caught carrying out subversive activities and espionage in Pakistan can be read here in this exhaustive research conducted by the Jang Group and Geo Television Network. Keeping that in mind, Pakistan recently made a decision to allow Jadhav's wife and mother to visit him on December 25.

Indian arms buildup has pushed region into arms race fomenting instability in the whole region, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal stated at weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday. The Foreign Office sources said that adequate security measures will be taken for complete safety of Jadhav's family.

In its written pleadings, India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav and argued that the convention did not say anything that such access would not be available to an individual arrested on the allegation of espionage.

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