After Just One Hour Meet In First Session, Pakistan Denies Second Consular Access To Kulbhushan Jadhav

Kulbhushan Jadhav ( Pic Via ANI)

Pakistan on Thursday (12 September) said that India would not get second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav , the retired Indian Navy officer who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, reports India Today.

"There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav," said Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Earlier on 2 August, Pakistan had offered India consular access to Jadhav following the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict asking Pakistan to comply with the Vienna Convention and to ensure "effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences", reports ANI.

However, India declined the offer saying that consular access should be “effective and unhindered”. After much negotiations between the two sides on the terms and conditions of the consular access, India’s deputy high commissioner to Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia met Jadhav for an hour in the presence of Pakistani officials on 2 September.

Jadhav was allegedly “arrested” by the Pakistani security forces from Balochistan. However, India has maintained that he was kidnapped from Iran’s Chabahar port, where he was running a business.

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