Indian officials to meet Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan’s offer has been accepted by India for the consular access to detained former navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. Indian officials will meet Kulbhushan Jadhav for two hours.

Government sources have said that the Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia will be meeting Jadhav. Sources have also added that they hope Pakistan officials ensure the “rightatmosphere” for the meeting.

A top government source has said that they hope that Pakistan will ensure right atmosphere so that the meeting is free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ICJ orders.

The development has come after Pakistan said it will grant consular access to Jadhav in accordance with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict on 17th July.

The ICJ in its 17th July ruling had put a continued stay on the deathsentence which was handed over to Jadhav by the Pakistan military court for alleged espionage.

ICJ had asked Islamabad to inform Jadhav of his rights under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and also grant India consular access.The verdict by the ICJ opened up the doors for consular access to Jadhav after numerous failed attempts in the past.
There were many differences between New Delhi and Islamabad on the termsof the consular access to the retired navy officer.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017, after which India had approached the ICJ for seeking a stay on the death sentence.

While Pakistan had offered consular access to Jadhav on 1st August, there were conditions. It wanted one Pakistan official to be present alongside during the meeting.

On 2nd August, India asked Pakistan to provide unimpeded consular access to Jadhav after Islamabad sent the initial proposalfor consular access.

Pakistan’s offer had come at a time when Indo-Pak tensions have spiked in the backdrop of the abrogation of Article 370.

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